Solar eclipse to occur all over Mauritius on September 1

An annular eclipse will occur in all parts of the country with different degrees of totality on Thursday September 1st.


An annular eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the moon is smaller than that of the sun, hence, the sun appears as a very bright ring or annulus surrounding the dark disk of the moon.

The eclipse is expected to have 95 per cent obscurity. It is expected to occur between 11.30 a.m. and 2.45 p.m, with slight variations in actual timing across the country. The maximum eclipse will occur around 1.15 p.m.

Nobody should observe the eclipse with naked eyes as such an act can lead to permanent damage to the eyes. The Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre in Bell Village will provide telescopes equipped with sun filters for the general public. Special glasses will also be distributed.