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The next total solar eclipse won’t happen until 2026

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I was unfortunately outside the path of totality when the April 2024 eclipse happened, but the small partial eclipse I did get to see was still beautiful. For those like me who missed totality this time around, catching the next total solar eclipse might not sound like a bad idea, except if you’re in the U.S., you’re going to need to travel to see it.

While the next Great American Solar eclipse isn’t expected to happen until the 2040s, those who want another chance at seeing totality will be pleased to know that parts of Greenland, Iceland, Russia, and even some of Portugal and Spain will get to see a total solar eclipse in August of 2026.

The next total solar eclipse is expected to peak on August 12, 2026, and you can go ahead and start booking your travel now if you don’t want to miss out on it. Having flown back in while people were flocking back through the DFW airport after this month’s eclipse, I can definitely say it will likely be very crowded in the path of totality come 2026.

If none of those destinations seem like a hit, you can also wait until 2027 for a chance at totality, as a total solar eclipse is expected to hit Egypt on August 2, 2027. That eclipse should pass right over the site of the great pyramids. And it will last more than six minutes, making it a prime opportunity to catch the eclipse at a great spot.

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But the next total solar eclipse isn’t the only thing that stargazers and skywatchers have to look forward to. A total lunar eclipse is also expected to hit the 48 lower states, including all of Hawaii and parts of Alaska, in 2025. Sure, it isn’t as spectacular as a total solar eclipse, but it won’t require any traveling to see this cosmic event.

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An eclipse victory: What it was like at Love Field in Dallas | Astronomy.com

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Weather is a one-day event. For all of the analysis of trends, of where clouds or Sun will mark the landscape, anything can happen on any given day. In Texas, the weather prospects for the Great American Eclipse looked bleak. For days, the idea that storms would plague the region of Dallas, or at least thick clouds, seemed a sure thing. And then came eclipse day.

My journey this year was centered on Love Airport, a historic locality known in recent years for the landing site for John Kennedy’s ill-fated 1963 trip to Dallas. Being a history guy, I spent the remainder of my travel day visiting the sites associated with that dark day in November, more than 60 years ago, when the course of the nation suddenly and shockingly changed.

The airport is still very active (we had planes taking off during totality!), and hosts a fantastic collection of aircraft and flight-related artifacts in the wonderful Frontiers of Flight Museum. Our hosts there, led by Abigail Erickson-Torres and facilitated by the energetic Rosalie Wade, assembled a wonderful day that invited some 2,500 members of the public into the grounds to view the eclipse.

The Editor of Astronomy Magazine was not alone, however. We partnered with our good friends at Celestron, and their staff turned out in force, with many people and several telescopes on the ground. The telescopic feed we relied on for potential TV use came from one of the Celestron scopes. Our good pals Corey Lee, Kevin Kawai, Ben Hauck, Stephanie Schroeter, and others were on hand. And that wasn’t all: Partners from The Weather Channel were also there, broadcasting live, with the great meteorologist Alex Wilson taking the lead on camera and a big team led by producer Mike Jenkins coordinating the whole process. I had a wonderful time spending parts of the day on camera with Alex, narrating our experience dodging clouds and seeing the alignment of worlds come together.

But as I said, when I drove to Love Field at 5 a.m. on eclipse day, it looked like a washout. Although I’m a galaxy guy, really most interested in deep-sky objects, as Editor of the brand you get to see lots of events. I had experienced a dozen total eclipses before this one, two of them underneath a solid blanket of clouds. Believe me, that’s not a good way to see an eclipse.

We got an early start on camera. It was an extreme pleasure working with Alex Wilson. She is such a smooth pro that it was effortless to talk about the science, the observations, the meaning of it all as we looked skyward and hoped for the alignment of worlds. As dawn broke, the sky was still sketchy and the forecast far less than great. I recall the network proclaiming that Maine seemed the best place as far as clear skies went. Mexico seemed troubled too. As we looked to the south, past Parkland Hospital on the horizon, walls of clouds seemed to be destined to move our way as the morning continued.

Astronomy Editor Dave Eicher teamed up with The Weather Channel’s Alex Wilson to provide eclipse commentary. Credit: Dave Eicher.

I spent the waning moments of pre-eclipse time in the museum auditorium with a packed house, delivering a lecture on everything everyone needed to know to view and image the eclipse. When I walked out into the field again at noon, with first contact approaching, the situation had changed. Clouds were less dense, and hope appeared. Amazingly enough, as we awaited first contact, we had significant holes and could get a good view of the Sun, some 60° high in the sky. We would see the start of things, at least.

As always happens, people screeched out in joy as the first little bite out of the Sun’s disk became visible. Although we’ve known about solar system motions precisely since the days of Johannes Kepler, it always seems a bit like magic to many people when we count down by the second and an eclipse starts. And then, even with thick clouds visible way down to the south, we had a long, vertical corridor of clear sky that seemed to favor us as totality approached.

It dawned on us that we were going to defy the odds and see this thing. Excitedly, Alex Wilson and I narrated much of what was happening on The Weather Channel, off and on. The rapid darkening of the sky during the final moments before totality always amazes, and we had a rapid cooling of air too. The diamond ring! Glasses off! We had totality and it looked spectacular!

Our Love Field site experienced 3 minutes 51 seconds of totality, and we saw the whole thing perfectly. The corona seemed large, flower-like, and with some pretty good brushes and rays, too, expected from the current cycle of solar activity. We had some nice prominences too, especially one at bottom right (as we faced south), that was incredibly bright near the end of totality. Venus popped out immediately and Jupiter too, after a bit of cloud passed it, and we did not expect to see Comet Pons-Brooks, nor waste time with binoculars searching for it. The chromosphere seemed bright around the Moon’s rim but lacked the color we saw in 2017. It was a beautiful eclipse, however, and we felt very lucky to have seen it so well.

It’s always struck me as funny that as soon as totality ends, the interest in the rest of the eclipse, for the next hour plus, kinda fades away. But alas, everyone was elated, celebrating a great view, and the party started. We had a very happy airport full of people, on a natural high from the experience, and already talking about other eclipse adventures — Iceland, Spain, and yes, the most amazing one to come, Egypt.

I hope that you also experienced a great eclipse. There’s nothing that quite equals seeing the worlds align, and remember that the Moon is inching away from us a little bit every year. We have only 600 million more years to catch total eclipses, and then they will be a thing of the past.

David J. Eicher is Editor of Astronomy, author of 26 books on science and history, and a board member of the Starmus Festival and of Lowell Observatory.

CWA goes Moroccan | Noosa Today

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Hobbies, crafts and conversation on Thursdays at QCWA hall.

Each year the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) select a country to explore whether physically or through the love of books or food. This year it’s Morocco.

At the QCWA Tewantin Noosa branch hall Thursday hobbies and crafts morning, members enjoyed a journey to Morocco with host vice president Robyn Shillington. Members were treated to delicious Moroccan rice pudding and almond cocoa biscuits. Members said that “it was educational, enlightening and fun. Thank you to Robyn for your hospitality and kindness, we loved it.”

Thursday mornings at the QCWA hall are always interesting, with talented guests and members who share their expertise and at other times when members simply catch up for a cuppa and a chat. QCWA is always looking for ideas and welcome guests to share theirs. They would love to meet you from 9 to 10.30 am on Thursdays at the QCWA Hall, 123 Poinciana Ave, Tewantin next to the post office. Please note the hall will not be open on Anzac Day. For details please contact Robyn on 0428 385 747

Sierra Leone putting digital ID at the center of its digital transformation agenda | Biometric Update

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The West African nation of Sierra Leone is at full throttle with its digital transformation efforts, and its MOSIP-based foundational identity system is the nucleus of this undertaking, according to an official with the country’s ID authority.

The Deputy Director of ICT at the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA), Moses T.F. Vibbie, in an interview with Biometric Update on the sideline of the MOSIP Connect event which took place last month in Addis Ababa, explains that the strong political will of the country’s Head of State, Julius Maada Bio, and the dedication of the NCRA’s Director General, Mohamed Mubashir Massaquoi, are the other driving forces behind the initiative. Massaquoi is also an ID4Africa Ambassador.

“Foundational digital ID managed by the NCRA is at the centre of Sierra Leone’s digital transformation agenda. The National ID Card or NIN is mandatory for accessing services in Sierra Leone as enshrined in the National Civil Registration Act of 2016 (NCR Act 2016),” says Vibbie.

So far, he says digital ID has been instrumental in the country’s ongoing digital government efforts as almost all government services have been digitized and linked to the digital ID.

“According to the parliament of Sierra Leone’s ratification and directives, the NIN is linked to all government and key private sector services including SIM card registration, education, government payroll, employment in public and private sectors, insurance, financial inclusion and services, vehicle registration and driver’s license, health care, pension and social security, properties and land registration and more,” he outlines. It is required for passports, work and residence permits.

Sierra Leone started to implement a modern ID system in 2016/2017, and later signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MOSIP to establish an open-source ID system that will respond to the specific needs of the country and enable citizens have access to a number of important public and even private sector services.

Successful MOSIP pilot

“NCRA Sierra Leone, which is responsible for civil registration and ID services, first piloted the MOSIP Platform as a test case in order to understand the modules, features, functionality and level of customization and localization of MOSIP and to ascertain if it can work for us or meet our use case in Sierra Leone. The pilot was completed in February, 2024, and we are okay with the outcome,” the official discloses.

Explaining why Sierra Leone opted for the MOSIP-based digital ID, Vibbie remarks: “Sierra Leone is a strong believer in open-source and Digital Public Goods (DPGs), and a founding and board member of Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA).”

“We are switching to a MOSIP platform because it’s an open source (DPG), has no vendor lock-in, no license fees, we can customize it to our requirement, and it’s flexible, as compared to its commercial and closed-source counterparts.”

Enrollment for the digital ID has been ongoing in the country with over 90 percent of the population already registered, according to Vibbie. He says the government has underscored the fact that the digital ID is mandatory for all citizens to ensure effective service delivery, and for legal residents in the country to easily access services.

New deadline to obtain ID cards

As part of measures to encourage more digital ID adoption, the NCRA set a deadline of March 31, 2024, for all citizens and legal residents to acquire the new digital ID card as part of the push to expand adoption, Vibbie told Biometric Update. However, in a public notice issued on March 28, a new deadline has been set for June 28, with authorities saying the move is to allow more time for people to go for the ID as part of their fundamental right.

“The director general of NCRA, Mohamed Mubashir Massaquoi, who is also an Ambassador for ID4Africa, is a determined and committed man working fervently to advance CRVS and ID Services in Sierra Leone, in line with the strong political will from the President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Julius Maada Bio,” Vibbie acknowledges.

“He is strongly committed to see that Sierra Leone works with the MOSIP team to implement a MOSIP-based ID in the country. We may start with few modules and transition gradually since we already have an ID system in place. That’s in fact the beauty of MOSIP because it is modular, so we can implement modules that are of interest to us at a given time.”

In addition to the strong technical leadership and political will propelling the national digital ID project, the Vibbie cites other factors including legal and institutional reforms, public awareness and sensitization campaigns as well as other collaborative efforts aimed at popularising civil registration and vital statistics and identity services. As the implementation of the project advances, the deputy ICT director at the NRCA says the agency is open to more support and partnerships for the digital ID and digital transformation drive.

Over the last couple of months, the NCRA has been urging citizens to acquire the digital IDs not only to facilitate access to services, but also to ensure their personal security.

Sierra Leone delegation lauds MOSIP Connect

Vibbie, who was among a delegation of representatives from Sierra Leone at the MOSIP Connect 2024 in Addis Ababa, admits it was an interesting event from which they learnt so much.

“I learnt a lot from there. We had experience sharing with other countries, and learning from those that have implemented MOSIP. It was also an opportunity to better understand current trends in Digital ID using Digital Public Goods (DPGs) and Digital Public Infrastructure, and the drive towards digital ID and verifiable credentials.”

“There was a lot to learn about identity verification and authentication, networking with other identity stakeholders including government, the private sector and donor partners/NGOs. The presentations and panel discussions, as well as the solution corner where different companies, service providers and partners showcased their Identity solutions, products and services, were other important points of attraction for the event.”

Sierra Leone’s CRVS and identity system is integrated and managed by the NCRA, in line with the resolution of African Ministers responsible for Civil Registrations, as well as the recommendation of UN on CRVS Systems.

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Verod-Kepple Africa Partners secures $60mln to propel digital growth across Africa

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(Ecofin Agency) – Verod-Kepple Africa Partners announced the successful closing of its inaugural investment fund, Verod-Kepple Africa Ventures (Vkav), on April 9. The company said it has secured commitments totaling $60 million from a consortium of investors, predominantly from Japan, to finance African businesses experiencing growth phases.

Launched in 2022, the fund will initially focus on companies developing digital infrastructure across various sectors. It will then target firms addressing friction between businesses or between businesses and consumers, followed by entities generating economic opportunities for communities. To date, Vkav has already backed 12 companies, notably in Nigeria (Navettes, Ceviant, and Shuttlers), Egypt (Nowpay, Nawy, and Chefaa), Kenya (Koko Networks, mTek-Services), Morocco (Chari), and South Africa (Cloudline), as well as businesses like Moove Africa and Julaya that operate across multiple African markets. These portfolio companies serve not only African customers but also a global clientele.

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BRVM

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The West African Regional Stock Exchange (BRVM) is launching its third BRVM Investment Days from 7 – 8 May 2024 at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

This investment tour, part of the BRVM’s development strategy, is also a way to attract international investors.

BRVM Investment Days aims to foster a strategic dialogue between players in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) regional financial market and international investors on investment opportunities in West Africa. Côte d’Ivoire is the guest country, and the West African Development Bank (BOAD) is the premium partner.

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BRVM Investment Days 2024 is the premier event for institutional investors, investment advisors, corporate advisors and bankers, political and economic authorities and market players in the WAEMU. 

The previous editions in 2016 and 2018 in Paris, London, New York and Dubai brought together around a hundred investors and financiers in each city and were a great success. 

Stena Drilling secures 1-well program offshore Morocco – Drilling Contractor

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Stena Drilling secures 1-well program with Energean offshore Morocco – Drilling Contractor

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Idris Elba envisions futuristic eco-city on African coast

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Actor Idris Elba is spearheading an eco-friendly smart city on Sherbro Island in Sierra Leone, complete with the country’s first wind and solar farm. Olivia Palamountain reports

British actor and DJ Idris Elba is now turning his hand to property development, embarking on an ambitious project to transform Sherbro, a remote island off the coast of Sierra Leone, into a futuristic eco-friendly city.

In collaboration with his childhood friend, Siaka Stevens, Elba established Sherbro Alliance Partners to develop the island, which is disconnected from the mainland and has been largely forgotten.

As reported by The Telegraph, artist impressions of the city depict a glittering array of glassy looking buildings surrounding lakes and well-tended lawns, with a futuristic bridge straddling the highway.

The project, partly funded by the private and public sectors, will be designated as a special economic zone with its own legal and economic system.

The development plan for Sherbro includes an eco-tourism belt, beach tourism, and cultural tourism areas. The island will also feature electric vehicles, including cars and motorcycles, which can be charged at on-site battery stations.

Inspired to uplift his father’s native country, Elba also aims to bring wind-powered renewable electricity to Sierra Leone for the first time.

Octopus Energy Generation, one of Europe’s largest investors in renewable energy, will build five wind turbines as part of a wind and solar farm, marking the entry of wind-powered renewable energy in Sierra Leone.

The project represents a significant step towards sustainable development and renewable energy in Sierra Leone, with the potential to serve as a model for other regions in Africa.

In an interview with the BBC, Elba emphasised the importance of self-reliance and creating an economy that feeds itself with growth potential. He expressed his desire to reframe the way Africa is viewed, moving away from an aid-based model.

The project aims to improve the lives of the island’s 40,000 residents by providing infrastructure, schooling, medical care, and enterprise opportunities.

As the project progresses, Idris Elba and his team remain committed to their vision of creating a self-sufficient, eco-friendly city that showcases the potential for sustainable development in Africa while respecting the island’s unique character and environment.


Akon CityElba is not the first superstar with designs on creating a city for the future. Senegalese-American music artist Akon (aka Aliaune Thiam) unveiled plans for a city on the Senegal coast five years ago.

The entrepreneur and philanthropist laid the first stone for US$6 billion Akon City in Mbodiène, a coastal village 100km from the capital, Dakar in 2020.

As reported by The Guardian, Akon has said in the past that his eponymous city would not only provide employment, but would also be a sanctuary for African-Americans seeking to reconnect with their African roots.

The plan was for the government-backed smart city to be powered by a unique cryptocurrency known as Akoin and funded by unnamed investors.

However, the project has been beset by delays and controversy, with some critics likening it to a Ponzi scheme, which Akon denies.

Additionally, while Akon initially had backing from Senegal’s outgoing president, Macky Sall, and the Society for the Development and Promotion of Coasts and Tourist Zones (Sapco), which loaned the singer US$2 million for the project, according to local media, Sapco has sent Akon a formal notice that if the project has not advanced by next year, its contract with him will be terminated (The Guardian).