Are you ready for the solar eclipse 2017?

Are you ready for the solar eclipse 2017?

A solar eclipse is a natural phenomenon, as it takes place when the moon comes between sun and earth in a straight line. During the eclipse, the moon passes over the surface of the earth. As we are on earth and we will be able to see that moon is going to block the light of the sun as it entirely covers the sun. August 2017 which means this year, a solar eclipse will be visible in some areas of the UK. This is now less than 60 days away. The event has been a long time coming.

It is no wonder that in many countries and throughout history solar eclipses have been viewed with dread. The sky darkens birds quiet, and animals start nesting, thinking it is nighttime. It’s a coincidence that the sun’s diameter is 400 times larger than that of the moon, and at the same time, it is 400 times as far away. Looking through a filter at the sun, it will look exactly like a full moon night.

2-4 solar eclipses occur every year and also the location of occurrence of a solar eclipse is also not particular. In essence, an eclipse is no eviler than the shadow of a tree or a tall building. The moon just blocks off the light of the sun for a brief, beautiful moment.

Below is a link to cities and time to see the eclipses, click on the town or city nearest you London, England.

City Phase Partial eclipse starts Maximum eclipse
London Partial 19:40:28 20:04:34
Manchester Partial 19:39:21 20:02:01
Birmingham Partial 19:39:51 20:03:29
Liverpool Partial 19:39:15 20:02:16
Cardiff Partial 19:40:06 20:05:19
Swansea Partial 19:39:54 20:05:16
Newport Partial 19:40:05 20:05:07
Glasgow Partial 19:37:46 19:58:32
Edingburg Partial 19:38:01 19:58:13
Derry Partial 19:37:14 20:00:21
Belfast Partial 19:37:54 20:00:50

Though solar eclipse can be harmful if proper care is not taken to view it, it has no ill-effects as has been described by people believing in illogical things. If the individual does not take care while viewing the solar eclipse, the person might lose his sight. So, here’s the list of do’s and don’ts:

Solar eclipse essentials:

  • Never see a solar eclipse with your naked eyes while it is in progress. Always use proper solar filters. Although a total solar eclipse can be viewed without any safety gear, it is just for few minutes, and as the sun starts to reappear, the eyes become vulnerable.
  • Never use even the best available sunglasses to witness the event as they are not capable of protecting the eyes from the intense glare of the sun.
  • Don’t use a low quality, thin or spurious filter or film as they stand no chance to prevent the sun rays from damaging your eyes.
  • Binoculars or telescopes can be used but make sure they have the solar filters fitted in.

Many UK cities have already begun planning for the August 2017 total solar eclipse, so what about you? The event will give an opportunity to entertain millions of people in cities the eclipse can be seen.

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