A solar eclipse is happening today and should be seen from parts of the UK and US.
You should never use your naked eye to see directly but there are many other ways to capture the eclipse in action.
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How to Watch Solar Eclipse Safely
The best way to watch the eclipse is via livestream.
You can watch our streaming of the event at the top of this page.
If you want to see with your own eyes, you’ll need “solar viewing glasses” or “eclipse glasses,” which you can order online.
You should never look straight without adequate protection as it can damage your eyesight for life.
An easy way to view the eclipse is to use a colander.
You might have one in your kitchen.
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Hold the colander in one hand and a piece of white paper just behind it.
You will see that the shadow of the colander falls on the paper and circular holes are visible.
The size of the circles will change when an eclipse occurs.
Experts have warned sky watchers not to look directly at the eclipse.
Dr Drebeck-Monder told Sky News: “Never look straight or use standard sunglasses, as this can cause serious damage to your eyes.”
He suggests using a pinhole projector, special solar eclipse viewing glasses — which can be purchased online — or using solar filters on a telescope to best view the eclipse.
Dr Drebeck-Monder said: “You can make a projector by punching a small hole in a piece of card.
“Hold the card so that the light shines through the hole in the back of the card and onto a piece of paper.
“You’ll be able to see the shape projected onto a piece of paper and see the change in shape as it passes in front of the Moon.”
What time is the solar eclipse in the UK?
In the UK, a partial solar eclipse will begin at 10.08 a.m. on Thursday, June 10, 2021, explained Dr Emily Drebeck-Monder, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich sky News.
The maximum eclipse is expected at 11.13 a.m. – when the Moon will cover about one-third.
The partial eclipse is expected to end in the UK at 12.22 pm.
How to Watch the Solar Eclipse from the US
Viewing a solar eclipse in the US depends on which state you are in.
From New York City, there will already be an eclipse rising, and the moment of most coverage will be around 5.32 a.m. EDT.
The partial eclipse technically began earlier, but viewers in the time zone won’t be able to see it until about 5:24 EDT.
The partial eclipse is expected to end for New York viewers by approximately 6.30 p.m. EDT.
In Washington DC, RISE is at 5.45 a.m. EDT and that’s also when the eclipse will be most visible at maximum.
Watching the Solar Eclipse from the US
Timings vary depending on which state you’re in, so here are some examples of times across the country…
Chicago, IL (CDT) Sunrise = 5:18 am max. Eclipse view = 5:18 am End = 5:59 am
Minneapolis, MN (cdt) Sunrise = 5:29 AM max. Eclipse view = 5:29 am End = 5:46 am
New York, NY (EDT) Sunrise = 5:24 am max. Eclipse view = 5:32 am End = 6:30 am
Boston, MA (EDT) Sunrise = 5:07 AM max. Eclipse view = 5:33 am End = 6:32 am
Washington DC (EDT) Sunrise = 5:45 am max. Eclipse view = 5:45am end = 6:39am39
Cleveland, OH (EDT) sunrise = 5:55 am Max. Eclipse view = 5:55am end = 6:35am35
Charleston, SC (EDT) Sunrise = 6:14 am max. Eclipse view = 6:14 am End = 6:21 am
Indianapolis, IN (EDT) Sunrise = 6:19 am max. Eclipse view = 6:19 am End = 6:35 am
Knoxville, TN (EDT) Sunrise = 6:21 am max. Eclipse view = 6:21 am End = 6:28 am
how to watch solar eclipse online
The solar eclipse can be viewed on the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s YouTube channel, where it will be broadcast live.
It is not clear whether the partial eclipse will be broadcast, although news bulletins are expected to play clips of it during the broadcast.
– All the facts you need to know
What is it, why does it exist, and why is it so hot all the time?
- There is a giant star that resides in the center of our solar system
- It is a nearly perfect sphere of hot plasma, and provides most of the energy for life on Earth.
- It measures a distance of 865,000 miles – which makes it 109 times larger than Earth.
- But it weighs 330,000 times the weight of Earth, and accounts for almost all the mass of the Solar System.
- Composed mostly of hydrogen (73%), helium (25%) and then many other elements such as oxygen, carbon and iron
- Its surface temperature is about 5,505C. is
- What scientists describe as “middle-aged”
- Formed 4.6 billion years ago, and TT has been in its current position for about four billion years
- It is expected that this will remain stable for the next five billion years.
- It doesn’t have enough mass to explode as a supernova
- Instead, We Expect It To Be A Hawking Red Giant
- During this time it will be so big that it will engulf Mercury, Venus and Earth.
- It will eventually turn into an incredibly hot white dwarf, and remain that way for trillions of years.
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