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29.03.2006 Regional News

Sunyani experiences eclipse of the sun

Sunyani experiences eclipse of the sun

Sunyani, March 29, GNA - Many residents of Sunyani, particularly the youth, shrieked in excitement on first sighting the half eclipse of the sun as early as 0815 hours on Wednesday as they scurried and scrambled to retrieve their solar shades from their bags and wherever they had kept them for a better view of the natural phenomenon. Groups of people could be seen chattering and discussing about the "great miracle" of God, whilst some who had doubted the veracity of the "great happening" bowed their heads down in shame and conceded the might of the Creator of the universe and all that is in it.

Local FM radio stations continued to warn people to only use the solar shades to view the eclipse and urged those with the shades to share use with friends and others as the device had been in short supply in the municipality.

Some workers as usual took undue advantage of the event to either report late to work or did not make the attempt to report at all with the excuse that they did not possess the shades and for fear of getting blind if they viewed the phenomenon with the naked eyes. It was not total darkness in Sunyani and environs as the sun only dimmed between 0900 hours and 0925 hours when the moon covered about three quarters of the sun.

Residents went about their normal activities, with stores, drinking bars, restaurants and hotels opened whilst commercial and other vehicles operated without any hindrance.

Others were glued to their television sets as they watched the live telecast of "the great happening in a lifetime". The last eclipse that occurred in the country was some 59 years ago when most Ghanaians were not born.