Is seeing a solar eclipse risky? An astronomer has issued a warning about ‘permanent eye damage.’


Is seeing a solar eclipse risky? An astronomer has issued a warning about ‘permanent eye damage.’

A SOLAR ECLIPSE will engulf the Sun in partial darkness tomorrow, creating a stunning “Ring of Fire” appearance in the sky. Is it safe to look directly at the eclipsed Sun during the eclipse?

On June 10, astronomers in the Northern Hemisphere will see an annular eclipse, popularly known as a “Ring of Fire” eclipse. Over sections of northernmost Canada and Russia, as well as northwest Greenland, the eclipse will be visible. Unlike a total solar eclipse, when the Sun entirely disappears behind the Moon, a small luminous ring of the solar disc will be visible throughout the spectacle.

Although the Ring of Fire will not be visible from the UK, you will still be able to see a partial eclipse.

The Moon will cover between 20 and 30 percent of the Sun during the partial eclipse, creating a Pac Man-like effect in the sky.

On his podcast Star Signs: Go Stargazing!, astronomer Tom Kerss explained: “Because this eclipse is taking place at very high, northerly latitudes, only a small portion of the globe will see annularity.

“Arctic Canada, northwest Greenland, and the Arctic Ocean make up that region.

“Intriguingly, if somebody happens to be at the North Pole, it will be visible.”

Partial eclipsing will begin about 10.08 a.m. BST in the UK, and the eclipse will peak around 11.13 a.m. BST.

You may also find out when the eclipse will begin and end in your location by clicking here.

“You should never gaze directly at the Sun during an eclipse without proper eclipse-viewing filters, as this might inflict lasting eye damage.

“There is one exception to this rule, which is when a total solar eclipse is in totality.

“You can glimpse the solar atmosphere during those few minutes since the bright light from the Sun’s surface is fully hidden by the Moon.”

However, some of the solar disc is visible during annular and partial eclipses.

As a result, some dangerous rays from the Sun may still enter your eyes and cause damage.

“There is no time when it is safe to look directly at an annular eclipse,” Mr Kerss stated.

You’ll need a set of ISO-certified eclipse glasses or eclipse visors to see the eclipsed Sun.

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