Millions Observe Annular Solar Eclipse in Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Solar-Eclipse-EthiopiaJune 21, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia saw the annular Solar Eclipse on Sunday, June 21, 2020, to the delight of millions of spectators in the western and northern parts of the country.

The annular solar eclipse began from central Africa, passed to Sudan, and the highlands of Ethiopia in and around Lalibela, Enjibara and Alamata towns and Bahir Dar City and surrounding areas as well as in different districts of Oromia, Amhara and Tigray regional states of the country.

The annular solar eclipse is also known as “ring of fire” was visible partially and fully for about two minutes and 46 seconds in Lalibela town. Thousands of people and media people travel led to Lalibela and witnessed the stunning astronomical events.

The annular solar eclipse occurs when the sun, the moon, and the earth are aligned in a way where within the same orbit and the moon intervenes between the sun and the earth. The physical position causes partial solar eclipse where the sun rises with a ring of fire in the sky.

The solar eclipse was also observed in parts of Africa and Asia, including the Central African Republic, DRC, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, India, Malaysia and Northern Australia.

About 16,000 eclipse eyeglasses, which were donated by the US to Ethiopia, were reportedly distributed to households in Lalibela town and nearby villages.

The annular eclipse was observed in parts of Africa and Asia, including the Central African Republic, Congo, Southern Pakistan, northern India, and China.

The annular eclipse happens when the moon covers the sun’s center, leaving the sun’s visible outer edges often referred to as the “ring of fire”.

Reports have said the impact of the eclipse was visible in about 70 percent of the Ethiopian territory.

Full eclipse is visible in western and northeastern parts of Ethiopia, especially in Lalibela and Alamata towns and partially in Kobo, Korem, Alamata , Begi, Meti, Enjbara, Bure, Agew, Gimja  Bet, Gayint, Nifas Mewcha, and Gish Abay.

Nations have celebrated the annual solar eclipse at the historical town of Lalibela, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute and other stakeholders.

The first place that witnessed the annular eclipse is near the town of Impfondo in the northeastern Republic of the Congo, where the annular eclipse begins at 5:47 just a few minutes after sunrise.

The annular solar eclipse is one of the most stunning astronomical events and the next solar eclipse will be visible after 18 years in 2038, it was learned.

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