Solar Eclipse - All you need to know

If you’re in deepest Dukinfield, lovely Lees, or magnificent Middleton, you could catch the partial eclipse of the sun this morning around 9:30am.

These events are quite rare, so you’re part of history if you observe today.  The moon will pass in front of the Sun, and in our area will block out around 89% of it’s disc.

The weather forecast is for a rather cloudy morning, which means we won’t get an amazing view, but here are our Top Tips for the eclipse!

Don’t look straight at the Sun.

D’oh! Even when the moon covers most of it, it’s never a good idea to try and have a look directly at our big shiny feller. It’ll damage your vision – guaranteed

Use Jackie’s pinhole method. 

Jackie didn’t invent it, but she’ll take credit for it today.  Project the image though a pinhole in a piece of card onto some paper or other card.  You’ll have a decent view of the moon passing over the Sun – and as a bonus, you won’t be blinded.

If you’re really lucky, use those cardboard glasses that you’ve found online. 

Make sure they’re the proper ones.  And if you’ve paid up to £200 pounds for them recently – make sure you get your money’s worth.

Your phone might get damaged by pointing it directly up there. 

And bear in mind, it could be dangerous trying to frame your shot.  Looking through a phone might not cause any damage, but catching a glimpse whilst framing up could.  Be careful!

Impress your friends by using the following terms:

First contact: the beginning of the eclipse

Chromosphere: The pink edge of the Sun that you can see when it’s covered by the moon

Bally’s Beads: the bits of sunlight peering over the edge of the moon cause by the moon’s mountains

Enjoy!