South Africans will get to see a partial solar eclipse on Thursday 1 September, starting from around 08:13 AM local time
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JOHANNESBURG - South Africans had a chance to witness a partial solar eclipse on Thursday 1 September, the same day Spring officially arrives in the southern hemisphere.
PICTURE: Annular eclipse "ring of fire." CREDIT: via Wikimedia Commons
Only when the moon is at it farthest point from earth, will this phenomenon occur - where the the entire disc of the moon blocks most of the sun, just leaving it&39;s outermost parts visible.
However, in certain parts of the world, such as the majority of Africa in this instance, this will be viewable only as a partial solar eclipse.
The eclipse will begin at 09:31 CAT (07:31 UCT) on Thursday. The maximum point, where the moon is closest to the centre of the sun, will take place at 11:01 CAT (09:01 UTC). However, these times will vary from city to city (*see below)
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Remember to wear special, protective glasses if you wish to view the eclipse directly, or use a a pinhole projector to project an image of the Sun onto a smooth surface.