Solar eclipse 2015: NO SELFIES and other things to avoid

Avoid selfies, DON'T stare at the sun and remember to turn your vehicle headlights on this Friday!

There are plenty of occasions which call for a 'selfie' - depending on your social media activeness, of course - such as standing next to a famous object, a cheeky pose before a night out or if you come across a celebrity perhaps.

However, the solar eclipse on Friday (March 20) - which will plunge Surrey and north-east Hampshire into darkness - is not one of these opportunities to picture yourself with a phone camera, as the moon covers the sun in the background. It could put you at risk.

As the excitement builds ahead of the spectacular event - the first viewable in the UK since 1999 - we look at what you should avoid doing when up to 84% of the region is shrouded in darkness during the peak period.

Top tips for a enjoying safe solar eclipse experience

  • Don’t forget to use your headlights if you are driving as it is likely to be quite dark during the eclipse

  • Don’t look directly at the sun during the eclipse as this can cause permanent damage to your eyesight.

  • Don’t try to snap a 'selfie' during the eclipse as just lining up the projection on your phone could still put you at risk

  • If you want to view the eclipse you will need to use special glasses which have a filter to protect your eyes. These must be safety tested and CE approved. Good solar eclipse glasses filter out all of the harmful ultraviolet and infrared light and almost all of the intense visible light to allow you to view the eclipse safely.

  • Don’t try to view the eclipse using regular sunglasses as they won’t protect you. Instead it’s worth looking at other techniques, such as pinhole projection.

  • If you want to view the eclipse through a powerful camera or telescope you will need stronger filters - don’t think you can just wear the regular eclipse glasses to look through the lens.

You might still be able to order glasses online at Amazon but be prepared to have to buy in bulk.

Source: GetSurrey

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