Rare, mesmerizing sky show over BFN


Bloemfontein residents were treated to a partial solar eclipse on Sunday morning. The event started at 06:45 when the silhouette of the Moon started moving across the Sun. The eclipse reached its deepest point at 07:47, and by 08:50 it ended when the last bit of the Moon’s disk slid off the sun. In Cape Town, where residents were hoping to see about 30 percent of the Sun eaten away by the Moon, it was cloudy, so not much of the spectacular sight could be observed. In Johannesburg only about 15 percent of the Sun was covered up. According to http://news.nationalgeographic.com the best sites to watch the partial eclipse were in Antarctica, where up to 79 percent of the Sun was covered.
The next solar eclipse in South Africa will be witnessed on September 1 next year. This will be an annular solar eclipse, which happens when the Moon covers the Sun's centre, leaving the Sun's visible outer edges to form a “ring of fire” or annulus around the Moon.