Warning issued ahead of total solar eclipse

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming solar eclipse. Images: Stock/Canva

Warning issued ahead of total solar eclipse

The upcoming solar eclipse also comes with a growing number of safety warnings. Here is everything you need to know.

Warning issued ahead of total solar eclipse

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming solar eclipse. Images: Stock/Canva

As exciting and fun as it promises, the upcoming solar eclipse also comes with several safety warnings—both for what will happen in the sky and on the ground.

What is a total solar eclipse? 

On 8 April, the world will be treated to a solar eclipse.

Solar eclipses occur when the Earth positions itself between the sun and the moon and casts a shadow across the moon’s surface. They can only occur during a full moon and make for an interesting skywatching target. 

Will you be able to view the eclipse from South Africa? 

Time and Date said lunar eclipses on 8 April can be visible from everywhere on the night side of the Earth if the sky is clear. 

The entire eclipse will be visible from some places, while in others, the moon will rise or set during the solar eclipse.

Three types of lunar eclipses occur depending on the alignment of the sun, Earth, and moon at the time of the event:

  1. During a total lunar eclipse, Earth casts its shadow across the entire lunar surface.
  2. Partial lunar eclipse: During a partial lunar eclipse, only part of the moon enters Earth’s shadow, which may look like it is taking a “bite” out of the lunar surface. Earth’s shadow will appear dark on the side of the moon facing Earth. How much of a “bite” we see depends on how the sun, Earth and moon align, according to NASA.
  3. During a penumbral lunar eclipse, Earth’s faint outer shadow is cast across the lunar surface. This type of eclipse is not as dramatic as the other two and can be difficult to see.    

What warnings are in place for the eclipse? 

Several states and some Texas counties that will be in the path of totality during the April solar eclipse have issued warnings and state of emergencies ahead of the event. 

Thus far, several counties in Texas have issued official declarations, while the states of Oklahoma, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, New York, and Kentucky have alerted residents to be prepared ahead of the upcoming eclipse.

Several counties in Kentucky are even opting to close school for the day, according to a FOX 56 News report. 

Authorities have advised residents living in areas expected to experience high traffic during the eclipse to stock up on food, gas, and other essential supplies in preparation for an influx of visitors coming to witness the once-in-a-lifetime event.


  • It’s important to never look directly at the sun as it can permanently damage your eyes.
  • Sunglasses do not offer sufficient protection either, so if you want to view the eclipse, ask your parents or an adult you trust about special protective eclipse glasses – although at the moment, these are quite expensive to buy online.
  • Another option to see the eclipse without looking directly at the sun is creating a pin-hole projector.
  • To make one, poke a small hole into a piece of card. Hold the card up to the sun so that light shines through the hole and onto a piece of paper behind the card.
  • You will be able to see the shape of the sun projected on to the piece of paper and watch its shape change as the moon passes in front of the sun.


Eclipse chasers might catch one in 2026 in Greenland, Iceland and Spain; 2027 along the coast of Northern Africa; 2028 in Australia and New Zealand; or 2030 across Southern Africa and Australia.

Meanwhile, South Africans saw the Snow Moon or the Dassie Moon.

It also earns the distinction of being the smallest moon of the year, known as a micromoon, which stands in contrast to a supermoon.