#Eclipse2015 : On Friday, everyone will screw up photographing the Sun

#Eclipse2015 : On Friday, everyone will screw up photographing the Sun

The biggest solar eclipse since 1999 will cast much of Britain into darkness on Friday. Some parts of the country will see 99 per cent darkness — but for others the eclipse will be much less intense.

From 8.30am astronomers will be getting in to position to safely watch the exciting event.

The deep partial eclipse of the sun will peak at around 9.30am. At this time 93% of the sun will be obscured in Belfast.

But experts have warned of the real danger of permanent damage to vision if people fail to take the necessary precautions.

Dr Robert Massey from the Royal Astronomical Society warned that while it will be “spectacular” it can be deceptive.

He said: “It gives the impression it is safe to look at. But you can’t look directly at the sun, it will still damage your eyes.”

The Royal College of Opthalmologists said looking directly at the Sun can lead to retinal burns and may cause significant and sometimes permanent loss of sight..

A spokeswoman said: “Whilst a solar eclipse is an amazing and infrequent event, the general public must remember that they should not look directly at the Sun or at a solar eclipse, either with the naked eye, even if dark filters such as sunglasses or photographic negatives are used, nor through optical equipment such as cameras, binoculars or telescopes. There is no safe system to directly view an eclipse.

“Particular care should be taken with children. Children should not be allowed to look directly at the Sun at any time.”

Dr Susan Blakeney, from the College of Optometrists, said: “You should never look directly at the sun and that applies when there’s a total or partial eclipse as well. This is because the radiation emitted by the Sun is so powerful it may cause a solar burn of the retina.”