South Africans missed today’s solar eclipse but anticipation builds for 2030

As thousands of skygazers got ready to witness the exquisite total solar eclipse in North America today, this was one eclipse South Africans had to miss. However, despite missing today’s display, South Africans can look forward to the next total solar eclipse, set to grace the skies in 2030. While South Africa, Namibia, and Lesotho will witness an eclipse in 2030. Mexico, Northern America, and Canada won't see one for another 20 years. In simple terms, a total solar eclipse occurs when the moon crosses in front of the Earth, momentarily obstructing the sun's light and bringing about darkness during the day. A phenomenon that gives South Africans the unique opportunity to gaze upon the sun with the naked eye. Learning about the occurrence of a total solar eclipse provides South Africans with a chance to appreciate the beauty of the sky. While South Africans missed today's total solar eclipse, the anticipation for the 2030 eclipse holds an unparalleled experience for the whole country as well as SA’s neighbouring countries.

Journalist: Tasha-Ree Kella

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