Weather conditions flawless to view partial eclipse, but only with proper glasses

Weather conditions flawless to view partial eclipse, but only with proper glasses

So, what's a skygazer to do?

You can use special solar eclipse glasses - do not use regular binoculars, cameras or telescopes - or you can make your own projector with a piece of card and a piece of paper. The annular eclipse will first appear for viewers along the north shore of Ontario's Lake Superior, then it will head over Hudson Bay before gliding across the northern tip of Quebec, Baffin Island, and Greenland.

The partial solar eclipse 2021 will start at 10.07am BST and reach its maximum at 11.14am, concluding at 12.26pm - the times are correct for the centre of the United Kingdom and will vary slightly with location. For an annular eclipse to occur, the moon needs to be farther away from the Earth in its orbit, creating an annulus, or ring of light. The annular eclipse will be visible from parts of Canada, Greenland, and Russian Federation, but most U.S. and Canadian cities will see a partial eclipse at best.

Swathes of the Northern Hemisphere will have the chance to experience an annular or partial eclipse of the Sun today.

Yes, not many people live there, but a good portion of the globe will still get treated to a partial eclipse where the Moon appears to take a big bite out of the Sun. Refer to the slideshow here to check the timing for your location. It's important to remember never to look directly at the sun without eye protection that's specifically created to allow for safe skygazing.

"Looking at the sun directly, without the appropriate protective eyewear can result in a condition known as solar retinopathy which can cause temporary or permanent visual loss", says Mr Edmonds.

Instead, skywatchers can use solar eclipse glasses, which "block 100 percent of the Sun's harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays and 99.99 percent of intense visible light", said Paulo Aur, chief financial officer and chief operating officer at American Paper Optics, which manufactures solar eclipse glasses.

Mr Edmonds advises people seek treatment from an eye care professional if anyone notices any changes in vision after viewing the eclipse. The solar eclipse will start at 1.42 pm Indian time and will end at 6.41 pm. "The lenses may also have scratches or pin holes that are not visible to the human eye, which may cause eye damage", Aur said. The delicate retina cells can be damaged by the sun's rays, which remain powerful even during an eclipse.

Will the weather hamper viewing?

Another livestream of the solar eclipse will be broadcast at timeanddate.com, at 5 am EDT (09:00 UTC).

It's always unsafe to look directly into the Sun.

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