Solar eclipse glasses for March 20 safety

By Daniel Chubb - Mar 19, 2015

If you haven’t heard about Solar eclipse glasses before the March 20 event, then you should at least learn about safety before wanting to know the Solar eclipse start time today. Warnings have been issued all around the world, with the basic information being not to look directly at the sun during this rare event, or you can run the risk of getting retinal burns.

The next Solar eclipse takes place on March 20, 2015, in the UK with the build-up to this rare event taking place tonight. Most of northern Europe will be impacted and experience darkness on Friday, but it’s said this will be a partial eclipse for the UK, especially for Scotland being the best place to view it. In the UK, you will see the Solar eclipse peak at 9.30am.

While everything you do during the Solar eclipse is at your own risk, you shouldn’t ever look directly at the sun and some people will be learning how to make solar eclipse glasses and also purchasing them at stores.

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Where to buy solar eclipse glasses in the UK – we have seen prices around £20, which is much higher than normal on the like of eBay due to demand. Be careful what you buy, as some of the products sold won’t be up to scratch and this certainly includes most sunglasses. The official CE mark shows they meet EU requirements, also remember safety when taking pictures and use a filter if looking through a camera lens.

There’s a number of online stores selling Solar eclipse glasses that include Bambuzo, but eBay UK is your best bet. The problem right now is shipping time, so this is why some people have decided to try and make their own solar eclipse glasses thanks to not being able to receive a pair in time.

How to make solar eclipse glasses – if you are looking for a homemade solution, then you might be disappointed with NASA explaining most homemade solar eclipse glasses won’t work correctly and can damage your eyes. We have seen other solutions like in the video below that shines a light onto a piece of paper, of course this is much safer by making a pinhole projector. Take a look at the video below to learn more about how to do this and again, build these things at your own risk and think about safety above all else, especially when children involved.

You can read an official article on the NASA website in regard to eye safety during solar eclipses, which explains exactly what you should know and offers sources for solar filters.

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