On Friday (June 29) at Loienealani, Lake Rudelf in Kenya, 200 international scientists carried out last minute checks on the equipment they used to monitor the total eclipse of the sun at 4 p.
On Friday (June 29) at Loienealani, Lake Rudelf in Kenya, 200 international scientists carried out last minute checks on the equipment they used to monitor the total eclipse of the sun at 4 p.m. on the following day. Atmospheric conditions were perfect and the duration of the eclipse - well over seven minutes - will not be exceeded until 2150 A.D.
There was a total eclipse on a 125-mile north-south band running from the Atlantic coast of Africa though the centre of the continent and on to Kenya. Lake Rudelf and some towns on the edge of the Sahara in Mauritania provided the best observation points.
The United States and United Kingdom scientists work co-operating and, among their equipment, had a 1mm radio telescope. The French team were especially interested in the effect of the eclipse on wild-life. They also set up an automatic 35mm camera. Belgian and Austrian scientists were also making final preparations.
A study is being made of the reactions of the inhabitants in the nearby village of El Mols, since eclipses have traditionally spread terror.
Meanwhile in Nairobi special viewers have been manufactured through which to observe the eclipse. The Government has launched a publicity campaign to warn people not to look directly at the eclipse because of the risk of damaging their eyes.