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By News Agencies

KENYA — The moon blocked out the sun
for a few seconds, causing a rare solar
eclipse in Nairobi, Kenya yesterday
afternoon (Nov 3).
Unlike a typical solar eclipse, which
involves the moon passing between the
earth and the sun, the “hybrid eclipse”
occurs when all three converge to be in a
line. This eclipse is also considered a
“hybrid eclipse’ as people around the
world were able to see a partial eclipse.
The hybrid eclipse is very rare, in which
only 4.8% of all the 11,898 solar eclipses
recorded over a span of 5,000 years were
hybrids.
In Nairobi, astronomer Susan Murabana
has used this opportunity to help educate
children on solar eclipses.
“Most people think that the moon is
eating the sun, for example, and that is
why there is darkness during the day,” Ms
Murabana explained.
“As much as we want to collect the
traditional knowledge, we also want to
take in the scientific knowledge that this
is actually scientific and every so often,
we have the moon passing between the
sun and the earth if they are well aligned
together.”
Those in the eastern United States, north-
eastern South America, southern Europe,
the Middle East and most of Africa would
be able to watch the solar eclipse, while
those in central Africa will have a clear
view.
As this year’s rare eclipse’s sun light is
not covered completely, people are
warned not to look directly into the hybrid
eclipse, and are advised to wear
protective eye-wear (not sunglasses) and
other appropriate filtering gadgets as a
precautionary measure as eclipses can
damage eyes.

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