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How to watch this week’s solar eclipse in person or online

This Tuesday, October 25, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in parts of the world as the moon passes between 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 last eclipse of 2022.

Partial Solar Eclipse, July 20, 1982. Captured from Harefield in the UK. Robin Scagell/Galaxy

If you are lucky enough to be in the right place, 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 the live stream.

How to watch the eclipse in person

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 see the eclipse in person, the Royal Astronomical Society has a comprehensive guide on how to watch the eclipse safely, and the most important thing to remember is never to look directly at the sun as it can damage your eyes. Instead, you can use tools like eclipse glasses if you have them (these aren’t the same as sunglasses, so don’t use them!) or create 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 magnifying mirror, or to make a pinhole camera using cardboard, which will allow you to 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 perfect for kids.

How to watch the eclipse online

Solar Eclipse LIVE | October 25, 2022

If you are somewhere else in the world, or prefer to enjoy a guaranteed good view and safe viewing experience, you can watch the eclipse online. The Royal Observatory, Greenwich will provide a live broadcast of the event, showing the view from the Annie Maunder Astrographic Telescope at the Royal Observatory as well as commentary from astronomers and discussions on the science of the sun.

You can watch the livestream using the video embedded above or by heading 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 stream later today .

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