Solar eclipse advice in its totality

Tuesday June 18, 2019 Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

In Rarotonga on July 2, the eclipse will be already in progress as the sun rises at 7:17 am and it will end at 8:53 am.

 

For us at 7:52 am the sun will be 49 per cent covered by the moon and that is the most we will see.

So we will see only a partial eclipse in a direction east-nor-east at sunrise. 

The safest way to view the eclipse is with special eclipse glasses. Ordinary sunglasses, whether polarised or not, are not good enough and using them to look at the sun can cause permanent eye damage.

I have found that viewing through two CDs held together gives a safe and comfortable way to see a partial eclipse – but don’t look through the hole in the middle of the CDs!

The path of totality for this eclipse lies almost wholly over the Pacific Ocean with the first landfall being at Oeno Island in the Pitcairn group.

The next total solar eclipse visible from Rarotonga will be in 2176.

Phil Evans, Nikao

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