Solar Eclipse Friday, 20th March 2015

 

Solar Eclipse Friday, 20th March 2015On Friday March 20, 2015  the Moon will pass in front of the Sun causing  solar eclipse. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is larger than the Sun’s, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness.

The only populated places where the totality can be seen, reachable by public travel, are the Faroe Islands and Svalbard, Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.

Here in the Pyrénées-Orientales, it is expected to be a 66% eclipse and will take place between 09.13 and 11.30. At 10.19, the eclipse will be at maximum cover.

Do not look directly at the Sun as it can damage your eyes.
This includes watching binoculars or a telescope. Sunglasses will not protect your eyes either.
To watch safely, use special glasses, watch it on TV, or make a pinhole camera. (Take two pieces of card, make a small hole, no more than 4mm across,  in the centre one of them, tilt the card with the hole towards the Sun and use it to project an image of the eclipse onto the other card.)

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