On 3rd November 2013, many countries in Africa will experience a total/hybrid solar eclipse and every country on the African continent will be able to see the Sun being partially obscured!

This is a unique cosmic event, as well as a lifetime opportunity to talk/walk science, technology and related in/for Africa. Various continent-wide initiatives are taking shape to consolidate the Pan-African intention to make this eclipse, a fun and unique intra-african as well as international collaboration.

The following countries are in the path of totality and will be experiencing 100% obscuration of the Sun: Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-DRC, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia.

Please help donate solar eclipse glasses to Africa!

The definitive guide to all eclipse-related information is the NASA site of Fred Espenak: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html. For some sites with more general information see http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/solar.html. For this eclipse see also http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2013.html#SE2013Nov03H

Specific IAU-OAD sponsored events will be taking place in Gabon (28 Oct. – 5 Nov. 2013) with the partnerships of NOMMO ASTRONOMIA (Society for Astronomy and Space Science in Gabon) and AGEOS (Gabonese Agency for Space Studies and Observations). Click on the links below for more information:

How to Introduce Astronomy in CPLP Using OAD as Lever: The Case of Africa

Click on the map below for a full display of the eclipse path across Africa. [Pour une carte detaillée du passage de l’éclipse, cliquez sur l’image ci-dessous.]