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Solar Eclipse Safety

In the UK, we will get a partial (up to 97 per cent) view of the sun blocked out.

Total solar eclipses take place when the Earth, Moon and Sun are almost precisely aligned and the shadow of the Moon touches the surface of the Earth.  However, it comes with associated health and safety risks.  The Royal Astronomical Society has put together a handy booklet on “How to observe an eclipse safely”.

It is really important not to look directly at the sun, as this can cause damage to the eyes. To make sure children are able to watch the eclipse safely, they could use solar eclipse glasses, or pinhole projectors.  There will be option to watch the eclipse via live web feed, in the classroom.

Be aware that the start of the eclipse in the UK is at about 8.30am, so parents should also be aware of advice to protect their children’s eyes on the way to school.Solar Eclipse