How to observe a Solar Eclipse?

July 31st, 2008 - 6:46 pm ICT by admin  

A solar eclipse will be seen from most parts of Asia, Friday August 1st 2008.

In Delhi, the eclipse begins at 4.03 p.m. and ends at 5.56 p.m. The eclipse peaks at 5:02 p.m. when the sun is eclipsed by about 62.4 percent in diameter.

Want to witness the solar eclipse? Here are the preacautions you need to take.

  • Buy a special spectacle : the naked human eye contact will not be able to watch or know what is going on.
  • Dont look at the sun directly
  • Dont watch the sun using regular sunglasses. Your eyes might not hurt, but the dammage is being done.
  • Avoid using photographic negatives.
  • The safest way of viewing a partial solar eclipse is through the method of projection. A pair of binoculars can be used along with a long hardboard box, to obtain good projected views of the Sun, for safe solar viewing
  • The people should also avoid watching solar eclipse using sunglasses, single or multiple layers, smoked glass, colour film, black-and-white film that contains no silver, or photographic negatives with images on them.

As per wikipedia :

Viewing the Sun during partial and annular eclipses (and during total eclipses outside the brief period of totality) requires special eye protection, or indirect viewing methods. The Sun’s disk can be viewed using appropriate filtration to block the harmful part of the Sun’s radiation. Sunglasses are not safe, since they do not block the harmful and invisible infrared radiation which causes retinal damage. Only properly designed and certified solar filters should ever be used for direct viewing of the Sun’s disk.

The safest way to view the Sun’s disk is by indirect projection. This can be done by projecting an image of the disk onto a white piece of paper or card using a pair of binoculars (with one of the lenses covered), a telescope, or another piece of cardboard with a small hole in it (about 1 mm diameter), often called a pinhole camera. The projected image of the Sun can then be safely viewed; this technique can be used to observe sunspots, as well as eclipses. However, care must be taken to ensure that no one looks through the projector (telescope, pinhole, etc.) directly. Viewing the Sun’s disk on a video display screen (provided by a video camera or digital camera) is safe, although the camera itself may be damaged by direct exposure to the Sun. The optical viewfinders provided with some video and digital cameras are not safe.

In the partial eclipse path one will not be able to see the spectacular corona or nearly complete darkening of the sky, yet, depending on how much of the sun’s disk is obscured, some darkening may be noticeable. If two-thirds or more of the sun is obscured, then an effect can be observed by which the daylight appears to be dim, as if the sky were overcast, yet objects still cast sharp shadows.

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