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South Africa to see total solar eclipse in Ghana

24 March 2006
South Africans will be able to view the total solar eclipse in Ghana on 29 March 2006 via the internet. Two experts from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will record and broadcast this rare phenomenon via a web cam in collaboration with scientists from Ghana.

Paul Basilio and Johan Notnagel from the CSIR will capture and stream the total eclipse live on the internet as part of the CSIR's knowledge dissemination drive."Scientists and astronomers from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana will help us with the astronomy side of the project," says Basillio. They will capture the solar eclipse via a telescope with a Sony DV camera, as well as with two additional web cams. The event will be streamed live to a server at the CSIR accessible at http://africlipse.CSIR.co.za/. The recordings will also be made available at this website for later viewing.

The eclipse is expected to take place at 9:00 in Ghana; it will last about three minutes. As that country is two hours behind South Africa, it will be best to connect to the website at 11:00 to experience the total eclipse first hand.

South Africa's Department of Science and Technology (DST) heads a delegation to Ghana on 27-30 March to explore possibilities for bilateral cooperation in various research and technology fields. As the total solar eclipse happens to fall within that period, the DST is including the CSIR experts to demonstrate the power of collaboration between the two countries.

The path of this total eclipse will go over the African continent from the coast of Ghana, through several countries in a north-easterly direction across the great desert, cutting through Libya.

The only limiting factor in the quality of the broadcast could be Ghana's bandwidth capability; the worst case scenario would be transmission that will be delayed by a few minutes.


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Last updated : 13 June 2006

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