Here’s what you need to know about tomorrow’s solar eclipse

The partial solar eclipse be visible in Ireland starting at around 8.20am and lasting for about two hours.

Here’s what you need to know about tomorrow’s solar eclipse

Tomorrow morning, all eyes in the country will be looking to the sky as the first near-total solar eclipse this millennium will take place.

Beginning at around 8.20am and peaking at 9.28am, the eclipse will cause Ireland to become noticeably darker - and colder - as the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, partially blocking out its rays.

Although not total, this partial eclipse will be the biggest seen in Ireland since August 1999 with approximately 90% of the sun being covered. The event will finish at around 10.40am as the sun reappears from behind the moon.

This video simulation made by Eric Fisher gives a good idea of what the eclipse will look like in Dublin.

Astronomy Ireland are encouraging people to get out and witness the event for themselves as there will not be another until 2026.

"There has not been an eclipse as deep as this since 1999, and there will not be another this deep until 2026, so this is a once in 27 year event." said David Moore, Editor of Astronomy Ireland's magazine.

"As this is such a rare event, we are recommending everyone in Ireland should request at least a half day off work to enjoy this amazing spectacle of nature."

If you do manage to get a half day off work - or if you manage to step outside for a few minutes around 9.20am - make sure you and your eyes are prepared.

Sinead Clohessy, chairperson of Specsavers Ireland, is warning the public to ensure they protect their eyes - under no circumstances are you to look directly at the sun.

‘Looking at the sun directly, without the appropriate protective eyewear, can result in a condition known as solar retinopathy which can result in temporary or permanent visual loss," said Ms. Clohessy.

“The easiest way to view a solar eclipse safely is to do so through a pair of ‘eclipse glasses’ with a certified solar filter. These eclipse glasses must be treated with care or they can quickly become damaged and unsafe to use. Nobody should ever look at the sun before, during or after a solar eclipse without protective eyewear. It is not safe to view a solar eclipse through any conventional sunglasses.”

Another simple way to safely check out the eclipse is using a pinhole viewer which you can find out how to make

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Or watch this video to find out how to make a slightly more complex pinhole camera using a shoebox.

While the weather is set to be partly cloudy, the eclipse should still be visible in most of the country although Donegal and Mayo promise to have the best views as they are further north.

You can find out exactly what time the eclipse will happen in your area here

And if you’re stuck inside, there will be a live feed viewable on Eclipse Ireland 2015 website.

Happy eclipse-watching!


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