On June 10, millions of people across large parts of the Northern Hemisphere will be able to witness the majesty of a solar eclipse. But, no one should simply gaze upward at a solar eclipse (unless the Sun is completely covered by the Moon during totality, which is NOT happening this time).
During eclipses, the moon moves between our planet and the sun, blocking some or all of its light.
For many observers in the northeastern United States, the sun will already be partially eclipsed as it appears above the horizon, creating a crescent sunrise. When the Moon is at its closes point to Earth, it can block out most of the Sun's rays, causing a total eclipse.
A partial eclipse of the sun will be visible in the Netherlands on Thursday morning, as the moon crosses across the sun from right to left. Do not attempt to look at the Sun during an eclipse with sunglasses or the Mark I Eyeball unless you like the idea of having a glowing Sun-shaped hole in your vision.
Although this won't be quite as spectacular as a total solar eclipse, it will still be mesmerising to watch.
Though few people will be able to witness the full ring of fire, millions across a larger stretch of the Northern Hemisphere will get to see a attractive partial eclipse.
The partial eclipse will start around 11.20am and will be at its peak an hour later.
We'll will instead be covered by the Moon's "outer shadow" or penumbra. It will appear as though the sun appearing to have a growing, and then diminishing, "bite" out of it. "For a sunrise eclipse, you need a position with a clear view to the horizon, like a hilltop or tall building".
The delicate retina cells can be damaged by the sun's rays, which remain powerful even during an eclipse. Meanwhile, Earth's distance from the Sun varies by about 3.3 percent depending on where we are in our orbit.
"They protect your eyes for intermittent viewing of the Sun during a solar eclipse".
Where in Scotland is the best place to see the "ghostly galleon"? "When we see the sun low on the horizon, we're looking through much more atmosphere than when it's overhead", Jones says.
The place which enjoys the greatest duration eclipse - at nearly four minutes in length - is in the middle of the Nares Strait, the narrow channel that divides the Canadian archipelago from Greenland. The safest way to view an eclipse is indirectly - for example by making a pinhole camera out of cardboard. Bright-eyed solar eclipsers flocked to an event at Thrumster House that year where they viewed the eclipse with special glasses.