South Africans warned not to view partial eclipse with naked eye

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South Africans warned not to view partial eclipse with naked eye
Partial solar eclipse

South Africans have been warned not to look directly at the Sun during the partial solar eclipse on Thursday expected to last three hours between 09:30am and 12:30pm.

“The Sun’s UV radiation can burn the retinas in the eyes leading to permanent damage or even blindness,” warns Timeanddate.com.

Viewing the partial eclipse with their naked eye can cause permanent damage to their vision. The eclipse can be viewed safely through protective solar eclipse glasses.

The partial eclipse will be 50% of the disc of the Sun will be visible in Johannesburg, while coastal cities including Cape Town can expect to only see 15% visible.

“Partial solar eclipses happen when the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth, but they don’t align in a perfectly straight line,” explains Timeanddate.com

Other regions that will also be able to see the partial eclipse include Buenos Aires, Argentina as well as Salto, Uruguay.

“Both total and annular solar eclipses are seen as partial eclipses from the areas on Earth that are outside the Moon’s umbra(inner shadow) but inside its penumbra(outer shadow),” says Timeanddate.com.

The next partial solar eclipse will be on 13 July 2018.

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