Solar Eclipse

Safety measures in viewing the solar eclipse

As the second solar eclipse of the year is set to take place today, the Maldives Meteorological Service (MET Office) has said that it will be visible in some parts of the country.

Talking to One Online, the MET Office said that the eclipse will begin at 8:45 a.m. this morning and will last until 2:30 p.m. and will be visible to in the northern atolls at 9:30 a.m. local time.

MET Office said that the eclipse will be dim for central and southern atolls. And around 1:30 p.m., the with the eclipse starting to fade at 1:30 p.m., the Maldives will not see the glowing ring of the eclipse.

As opposed to a lunar eclipse, a solar eclipse needs to be viewed with precautions as it is dangerous to look directly with possibility of permanent damage and blindness.

There are tools for viewing solar eclipses and the special eclipse glasses are also available in the Maldives.

Using binoculars and X-ray sheets are also dangerous. While binoculars would magnify the number of rays the eyes are exposed to, X-ray sheets would not protect the eyes from solar radiation.

After the solar eclipse today, astronomers predict the next solar eclipse to take place on 14 December 2020 although there would be a lunar eclipse next month.