Solar Eclipse – Health & Safety Advice
We have received several queries about the solar eclipse that will occur on Friday 20 March which provides an exciting ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ learning opportunity for our young people. At 9.35am on the 20th March the eclipse will reach its maximum for Edinburgh and schools are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn in context. The eclipse will begin at around 8.45am and peak at around 9.30am before ending at 10.30am.
In terms of advice a spokeswoman for The Royal College of Ophthalmologists said:
“The general public must remember that they should not look directly at the Sun or at a solar eclipse, either with the naked eye, even if dark filters such as sunglasses or photographic negatives are used, nor through optical equipment such as cameras, binoculars or telescopes.
There is no safe system to directly view an eclipse”.
We understand that some schools have purchased solar eclipse viewers already. We would refer you to the really helpful leaflet provided on the Royal Astronomical website which includes details on “safe visors”.
The following guidance should be followed: