Sun. Nov 27th, 2022

On this day in history, Wednesday, March 29, 2006, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., Ghana experienced a what scientists called “Total Eclipse of The Sun”.The much anticipated eclipse began with scores of excited people, particularly students of basic schools viewing the phenomenon, with a manner of shades to protect themselves from damaging their eyes by the rays the eclipse would produce.The euphoria was the same across the country, and in Tamale, market women, shop owners and persons working in offices had to abandon their jobs to see how the moon was going to creep into the path of the sun with their “special solar eclipse goggles”.

GNA reported that millions of Ghanaians in the Western, Central, Greater Accra, Eastern and Volta Regions experienced a total eclipse while those in the other regions had partial eclipse.Many Ghanaians cashed in on the event, when they had to manufacture glasses that could aide them to have a better view of the eclipse, with many who could not afford had to use improvised specs.Ghana is one of eight African countries to experience the solar eclipse. The others include Togo, Benin, Chad, Nigeria, Niger, Libya and Egypt.The duration of the solar eclipse on March 29, was between the hours of 0830 and 0930.At that time it became so dark, even though it was day time, but the sudden darkness scared birds to make a quick return to their nests.The Siren at the General Post Office was sounded to alert the public about the occurrence of the eclipse and the need for everyone to watch it with the prescribed solar shades to prevent damage to the eye.The National Planning Committee had sensitised the public about the eclipse and on how to ensure an incident-free event. It also created awareness of the importance of protecting the eyes, as observing an eclipse with the naked eye could cause irreversible eye damage.

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