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September 1st's Solar Eclipse Most Visible Between Gabon and Madagascar

With just over a year to go, excitement is building for next year’s total solar eclipse that will cross the continental U.S., and plans are already afoot for this unprecedented opportunity for science education for schools and the public.

But other solar eclipses will occur before then, and while they’re not total, they provide teaching opportunities where the need is particularly acute. On September 1st an annular eclipse – with a thin ring of the Sun peeking past the lunar disk – traverses Africa. The ring of fire will be visible in a thin path from Gabon on the Atlantic to Mozambique at the Indian Ocean and across the island nation of Madagascar. But almost the entire continent will see a partial eclipse.

Takeshi Kuboki

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