How to watch total solar eclipse on April 8: Path, duration and safety precautions

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Are you ready for the total solar eclipse happening on Monday, April 8? Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming celestial event.

Although the solar eclipse will not be visible in India, this eclipse will be visible in other countries. 

This solar eclipse will be visible in Canada, Mexico, the United States of America, Bermuda, Colombia, Greenland, Ireland, Iceland, Russia and Spain. ‘Sutaka’ period of solar eclipse and solar eclipse will not be visible in India. 

For those who believe, you can chant some mantras during ‘sutaka’ or during the eclipse. Chanting these mantras gives peace of mind and relieves eclipse doshas.

Key Details:

– The total solar eclipse on April 8 will be much longer than the previous one, with total darkness lasting up to 4 minutes and 28 seconds – twice as long as a similar event in 2017.

– Don’t miss out, as it’ll be another 20 years before another event like this occurs.

Safety Precautions:

– Safety is paramount during a solar eclipse. Staring directly at the sun, whether during an eclipse or at any other time, can lead to permanent eye damage. It’s only safe to observe the eclipse with the naked eye during totality when the moon completely covers the sun.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson emphasizes the importance of wearing eclipse glasses: “Please, please put those glasses on.”

Where to Find Eclipse Glasses:

– To ensure safety, purchase eclipse glasses from reputable sources such as local science museums or sellers listed on the American Astronomical Society’s website.

– Legitimate eclipse glasses should block out ultraviolet light and nearly all visible light. When worn indoors, only very bright lights should be faintly visible.

How to Safely Watch the Eclipse:

– Regular sunglasses are not sufficient protection. Special eclipse glasses are essential for observing the sun safely.

– During totality, when the sun is completely covered, it’s safe to remove eclipse glasses and look with the naked eye. However, before and after totality, glasses are necessary to avoid eye damage.

– Cameras, binoculars, and telescopes must have special solar filters for safe viewing. Never look at the sun without proper protection any day of the year.

– Avoid viewing the eclipse through a phone camera, as the sun’s rays can damage the device’s digital components.

With proper precautions and certified eclipse glasses, you can safely enjoy the total solar eclipse on April 8. Remember to protect your eyes and equipment to make the most of this rare celestial event.

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