A rare solar eclipse allowing a view of the Sun that is totally or partially blocked by the Moon has taken place.
Eclipse in Kenya, Congo, Liberia, Somalia and Nigeria
The Moon eat the Sun today 3rd of November 2013. It was a wonderful view in Kenya where tour companies organised trips to view a total blackout.
The eclipse continued across Africa through the Congos until it passed through northern Uganda and northern Kenya, ending in southern Ethiopia and Somalia.
Men and women from the Turkana tribe in Kenya took part in a ceremony ahead of the eclipse.
Most cities in Nigeria also witnessed this eclipse- cities like Kaduna, Kano and the Nations capital Abuja, where some people came out in groups to watch while others stayed at home. In all the African countries the eclipse lasted not more than 3 seconds to 5minutes.
Eclipse around the World
It first happened in the United States before sweeping across Europe, South America and Africa. According to Nasa the greatest total eclipse occurred over the Atalantic ocean. The eclipse event began about 1,000km (620 miles) east of Jacksonville, Florida with an annular eclipse visible for four seconds at sunrise.
Experts warned that eclipse should not be viewed with the naked eyes as it can cause temporary or total blindness.