AFRICA: Capture of the Sun

On June 30, a strip of the African continent from the wind-blown deserts of Mauritania to the lava-strewn shores of Lake Rudolf was swathed in the shadow of the moon for as long as seven minutes and four seconds. A total eclipse of the sun of that duration will not recur for another 177 years (TIME, June 25). Joining up with 120 scientists from eleven countries and scores of curious amateur astronomers, TIME Correspondent Lee Griggs camped out in the remote Kenyan village of Loiyengalani, where he found the reaction of African tribesmen...

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