Skywatchers are in for a treat on the first day of spring as they will have the catch to get a glance of solar eclipse.

Astronomy educator Claire Flanagan said South Africans could see the pan African annular solar eclipse for around three hours today.

The rare occasion begun at around 9.31am and end at 12.38pm. Sightings will change from city to city, and the further north you are the greater the overshadowing will be.

The Astronomical Society of Southern Africa says a shroud happens when the moon goes between the Earth and the sun. Rather than seeing the sun as a round plate, it will have a “bite” out of it.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, temporarily blocking out its light. A ring-of-fire eclipse, also known as an annular eclipse, involves the edge of the sun remaining visible as a bright ring around the moon, like so: Here’s the way to get a great view online.

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