A total sun eclipse, a spectacular phenomenon on the sky, will occur this Friday, on the 20th of March, across the Arctic and far Northern Europe. One of the best spots to watch the event are the Faroe Islands, where the total eclipse phase will last 2 minutes and 46 seconds. This will only be repeated after a decade, in 2026.The sun eclipse can be observed when the moon passes between earth and the sun, partially or totally obscuring the latter.
In Europe, it will be observed as a partial solar eclipse. In London, for example, it will start at 8:25 am, the maximum eclipse is foreseen for 9:31 am and the spectacle will end at 10:31 am.
Watching the event without any eye protection can damage your eyesight. Looking at the eclipse with sun glasses causes eyesight damage - the sun radiation is so powerful, it can burn your retina. Eclipse shades is what you need to safely watch the event. There are other ways for watching. You would need a telescope or binoculars, a white card, and a mirror. The image from the telescope is projected on the card and with the help of the mirror transferred to a wall. The easier way is to hold a piece of paper with a pinhole in the direction of the sun and cast the pinhole shadow on another card.
Most importantly, we need a clear sky to be able to see any part of the phenomenon. Lets hope the weather this Friday will be generous and let us watch our brightest star being shaded by the Moon!