Samuel Akumatey, GNA
Ho, Nov. 08, GNA –
Mount Gemi, the highest point closest to the Greenwich Meridian will offer
stargazers the finest opportunity to witness the planet Mercury transit across
the sun in a rare eclipse on Monday November 11, 2019.
The event, invisible
to the naked eye, would occur between the hours of 1230 and 1800 hours and
could be viewed with a solar telescope or solar glass.
The viewing is part
of a four pronged event scheduled for the day, organised by the Avatime Traditional
Council, Okusie Akyem Foli V, Chief of Avatime Amedzofe in collaboration with
the Volta Regional Coordinating Council, and the Ghana Tourism Authority at
Amejofe Park and Mt Gemi in the Ho West District.
An upgraded Mt Gemi
Cross, erected on November 11, 1939, would be commissioned on the day to mark
its 80th Anniversary.
The cross was
erected to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Evangelical Church at
Amedzofe, which was established in 1889.
Mr Azonko Simpi, a
leading Ghana Centre of the World pioneer, and consultant on the Gemi project
told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the upgrade would add value to the cross
by throwing some light beams around it to make it more visible.
He said the Gemi
Cross would be linked to the Ghana Centre of the World project as an iconic
scientific landmark at 0.26 degrees east of the Greenwich Meridian- less than
40 miles from the Meridian.
Mount Gemi, at 2,621
feet above sea level, is the highest point along the Greenwich Meridian from
the North pole to the South pole.
The cross is at
2,621 feet, and spins at approximately 1,010 miles per hour.
We believe Mt Gemi
is the best place to observe the transit and experience it, he said.
The World Armistice
Bell would be tolled at 1100 hours on the day following the commissioning of
the upgraded cross at 1000 hours.
Dr Archibald Yao
Letsa, Volta Regional Minister will be the guest of honour.
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