Sunday 23 September, 2018

Dos and Don'ts during a solar eclipse

Many Barbadians, like others throughout the world, have anticipated today's solar eclipse.  

While some persons in the United States will be able to view the total solar eclipse, those on the island will be able to experience a partial eclipse between 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. today.

The Harry Bayley Observatory will be hosting an event to view the partial solar eclipse and explained, "In Barbados the eclipse will commence at 14:33 [2:33 p.m.] and will reach maximum at 15:49 [3:49 p.m.], at which phase 73% of the Sun will be obscured. The eclipse will end at 16:56 [4:56 p.m.]".

If you aren't able to make it there, Loop has a few hacks for you to view the eclipse safely below, but before we get to them, take a look at the precautions outlined by the Department of Emergency Management (DEM):

 

Now that you are aware of the dangers of looking directly at today's solar eclipse, here are some hacks on how viewing it without special glasses or filters.

TimeandDate.com suggests using projectors:

"Projection works well. You can make your own box projector or use a telescope or binoculars. However, don't look through the telescope‚Äôs eyepiece or side-mounted finder scope while projecting the Sun's image onto a screen."

You can click HERE to learn how to make a box pinhole projector to safely watch the solar eclipse.

One other method being suggested is using your phone's camera in "selfie" mode so that you can view the eclipse on your screen. This requires some caution however, as it is not the safest method.

It is therefore best that you do not stare at the phone continuously. 

And of course, there is the old-fashioned Bajan method to solving this problem. 

Before technology to view a solar eclipse was so readily available, persons used what was available to them - that being water and buckets.

Ask your grandmother or grandfather and they will tell you about filling a bucket of water and looking into that bucket to view the eclipse. 

Try it and you will not only be looking into the marvel of now, but diving into part of Barbadian history.