Preps For Solar Eclipse Finalized


case geneva; font-size: small;”>While addressing journalists in Kampala on Thursday, visit web the minister for Tourism and Antiquities, dosage Hon. Maria Mutagamba explained that her ministry in collaboration with Internal Affairs, Health, Energy and Works ministries as stakeholders had finalized arrangements for viewing the eclipse.

“We expect to have president Museveni as the chief viewer who will officiate the opening of a monument to mark this historical event. The function is expected to start on Sunday at exactly 8.30 am with prayers from various religions in Uganda and will continue with a number of activities like exhibition up to Eclipse event,” explained Mutagamba.

The State Minister for Health, Sarah Opendi assured visitors of enough health facilities in place but however, cautioned on using unauthorized objects to view the eclipse.

“Items like color films, black and white films with no silver, photographic negatives with images, binoculars, telescopes and sun glasses shouldn’t be used because they don’t filter light but instead items like compact discs, floppy disks, welders’ glasses and pinhole cameras can be used for proper viewing of the eclipse” warned Opendi.

The State Minister further dismissed allegations that basins with water could be used for solar viewing noting that it is not safe.

The event, according to the Ministry of Tourism, Wild life and Antiquities, is anticipated to attract several international eclipse trackers to Uganda with over 30,000 visitors expected into the country during this event.

According to research by NASA, the last eclipse of the kind last occurred on March 16 1466 making it the seventh to occur since the birth of Jesus Christ.

This year’s eclipse will be viewed in Pakwach, Arua, Soroti, Masindi and Gulu with Owiny Primary School having the best views.


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