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Ghanaians Ready For Partial Eclipse Today

There is mad rush for the eclipse shades, making them the fastest selling commodity in town.

The shades, which were sold for GH¢1 on Thursday, have now shot up to between GH¢3 and GH¢5.

 

Some of those selling the shades predicted that the commodity would be sold for GH¢10 late Saturday and early Sunday.

Kwame, one of the boys selling the shades, told the Daily Graphic that he started selling it at GH¢1, “but when so many people were rushing on me, I increased it to GH¢3”.

He said he started selling the shades on Thursday and that as of 4.40 p.m. on Friday, he had made GH¢600 and hoped to make more before 12 noon on Sunday.

Ghanaians will, tomorrow, Sunday, November 3, witness a partial eclipse of the sun starting from 11.38 a.m. until 1.22 p.m. before it gains the full face of 85 per cent of the sun.

A former Executive Director of the Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GERSGIS), Professor Emmanuel Amamoo-Otchere Snr, who, in an interview, described the phenomenon as “the romance between the sun and the moon”, advised against watching the sun without shades.

“Watching it without shades can be destructively fatal as the sun contains harmful rays which can destroy the tissues of the eyes. The only way is to get eclipse shades which cut off the harmful rays of the sun,” he warned.

The last time Ghanaians experienced an eclipse was March 29, 2006. It was a total eclipse, which caused complete darkness for three minutes.

Source-Severious Kale-Dery/Daily Graphic

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