Online Resources


African Astronomical Society
Our eclipse webpage:


Android App
An android app is now available for free download. This is developed by Alok Mandavgane for the Astronomical Society of India, and has been modified for our use in Africa. This app is useful to find out the eclipse timings and visibility for your location or anywhere else in the world, as well as provide some basic information on eclipses in general and safe ways of viewing it.

You can download the app from

Interactive maps for eclipse timings 
For the timings and visibility of the eclipse from your or any other location, there are a few interactive maps online that can be used, listed below. Note that some of these maps will display eclipse timings in the local zone and some in GMT.

Eclipsewise website from Fred Espenak

Timeanddate website

Xavier Jubier’s website

Websites on eclipses and how to observe them

American Astronomical Society’s page on the 2017 eclipse. It has a lot of very useful information on how to see solar eclipses in general

Eclipse activity guide, from AAS (written for the 2017 eclipse, but applicable to all)

A collection of low cost hands-on activities on the sun, by Navnirmiti Learning Foundation

Building a simple sun viewer from a cardboard box, by AstroEDU

How to look at the sun safely, from Sky and Telescope

Various projection methods, from AAS

Timeanddate website

The eclipseafrica website

Weather and cloud cover predictions for the path of annularity

A technical article on eye safety, from AAS

Videos on the eclipse and safe viewing methods
An animation of how the eclipsed sun will look like from various parts of the earth. We can ignore the fact that the angle from which the moon covers the sun is different for each place. Note that the times are given in GMT.

There are a number of videos on making a pin-hole viewer from a cardboard box and other methods. These can be used to create an image of the sun that is about 1 cm in size. Take a look at the ones below.

Video tutorial on making a ball-mirror mount that can create an image of the sun that is 30-40 cm in size:

Projecting the sun through a pair of binoculars or a telescope

A video about the upcoming eclipse in Amharic, by Sisay Fantahun (ESSS)

Live webcasts
A few groups in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania are planning to live broadcast the eclipse online. Please look at our website and social media to find out the links to these broadcasts.

A group will be live webcasting the eclipse using a telescope from a location in the middle of the path of annularity in India, where the entire eclipse will be visible. The eclipse in India will start at 4:45 GMT and end at 8:15 GMT, with the annular phase occurring around 6:27 GMT and an obscuration of 98.8%. This webcast can be seen live at this location.