Set a reminder as a partial solar eclipse will grace the Cape’s skies on Monday evening [December 14].
A partial solar eclipse occurs when the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth, but the Moon only partially covers the Sun’s disk.
This means that the Moon, the Sun and Earth don’t align in a perfectly straight line, and the Moon casts only the outer part of its shadow, the penumbra, on Earth. From our perspective, this looks like the Moon has taken a bite out of the Sun.
According to Time and Date, the partial solar eclipse will begin on Monday at 6.51pm, reach its maximum point at 7.43pm and end at approximately 7.53pm. It will last for a total period of one hour and one minute.
If you’re keen to catch this amazing sight, here are a few of the best vantage points to enjoy the show:
– Lion’s Head
Hike up one of the Cape’s favourite mountains to get a clearer sight of the skies.
– Signal Hill
Drive up the popular Signal Hill and pack a picnic to enjoy the sights.
– Camps Bay/ Bloubergstrand Beach
Throw on your swimsuit and enjoy a late afternoon swim before settling down to witness this exciting occurrence.
Remember to not stare directly at the sun, as it is harmful to your eyes and can cause permanent damage. If possible, get a pair of ISO-certified eclipse glasses to safely enjoy this event. You can also make your own box projector or use a telescope or binoculars.