This coming Saturday, people in many parts of the world, including Antigua, will witness a rare celestial event – a solar eclipse.
Solar eclipses don’t happen every day, so it will be quite a treat to witness the event.A solar eclipse takes place when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, blocking sections of the sun either totally or partially.
If the sun is totally blocked, it is known as a total solar eclipse but if parts of the sun are still visible, it is known as a partial solar eclipse.
In Antigua, and the rest of the Caribbean for that matter, a partial solar eclipse will be seen.
The eclipse will begin at 1:06 p.m., peak at 2:41 p.m., and end at 4:04 p.m.
The entire spectacle will last two hours and 58 minutes.
Although many might be tempted to watch this heavenly phenomenon, care must be taken since direct exposure to the sun’s rays can cause eye damage.
Eclipse glasses, solar filters for telescopes, or homemade eclipse viewers are a necessity.
There are countless videos on YouTube that give instructions on how to make your own solar eclipse glasses.
The following link leads to videos on how to make your own eclipse glasses:
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