This Tuesday, October 25, a solar eclipse partial will be visible in some parts of the world as the moon passes between the Earth and the sun. About a quarter of the sun’s face will be obscured behind the moon’s shadow in what will be the final eclipse of 2022.
If you are lucky enough to be in the right places, you will be able to see the eclipse in person. If you are located elsewhere, you will be able to watch the event online via live streaming.
The partial solar eclipse will be visible across the UK and other parts of Europe, as well as parts of Africa and Asia. You can find a map showing the locations and times the eclipse will be visible here at timeanddate.com.
If you plan to view the eclipse in person, the Royal Astronomical Society has a complete guide. on how to view the eclipse safely, and the most important thing to remember is to never look directly at the sun, as this can damage your eyes. Instead, you can use tools like special eclipse glasses if you have them (these are not the same as sunglasses, so don’t use them!) or make your own viewing tools at home.
Two ways to observe the eclipse safely are to make a mirror projector, for which you can use a small hand mirror or razor mirror, or to make a pinhole camera out of cardboard, which will allow you to see a very small image of the eclipse. as it happens. Check out the Royal Astronomical Society guide for more details on how to make and use these tools, which are quick and easy projects that are great to do with kids.
If you are located elsewhere in the world, or if you prefer a guaranteed good view and a safe viewing experience, you can view the eclipse online. The Royal Observatory Greenwich will offer a live broadcast of the event, showcasing the view from the Annie Maunder Astrographic Telescope at the Royal Observatory along with commentary from astronomers and discussions on the science of the sun.
You can watch the live stream using the embedded video above or by going to this YouTube page. Coverage will begin at 5:05 a.m. ET (2:05 a.m. PT) on Tuesday, October 25. If it’s too early for you, you can tune in anytime until the eclipse ends at 6:51 a.m. ET (3:51 a.m. PT), or you can also rewatch the broadcast later in the day.