Friday, March 20, we will witness a solar eclipse. we best see the sun hidden by the moon, especially on the Opal coast. Just have to hope that the sky will be clear, and strictly protect the eyes!

Friday morning, quite rare, the Earth, the moon and the sun will almost aligned. The moon is between the earth and the sun, at a distance such that, from our point of view, the moon almost completely cover the sun.

For us it will not be a total eclipse like that of 1999, but a partial eclipse. In France, our region is particularly well placed to view the sun will be hidden to 80% on average by the moon, around 10:30, while in the south, there will be only 65%. With Britain and North Cotentin, the Opal Coast will be the place where the sun the better hidden by the moon, to 82%. In Europe, we are among the best located areas, behind Ireland, the United Kingdom, Norway and Sweden.


Technically, it is a total eclipse, because at some point of our planet, the moon completely covers the sun. But the area where the eclipse will be total is almost uninhabited: it includes Ferroe Islands and touches the southeast of Iceland. Do we feel so fortunate to observe the eclipse of 80% in our region!

Protect your eyes!

To watch the show, several requirements: location, climate, glasses. First, the place: the closer you of the Opal Coast, especially between Calais and Boulogne, the more you will see the sun hidden by the moon.

Second, the climate must cross their fingers that the sky is clear. The phenomenon will indeed be more dramatic if we clearly distinguish the outlines of the sun, gradually eroded by the moon.

Third and crucial condition

Protective glasses If you value your pupils, no way to watch the solar star in the eye.. Even hid three quarters, the sun is very dangerous. Best for your eyes is to get yourself a pair of special glasses eclipse, pharmacy or opticians (around Rs. 300 pair) or in some magazines sciences.

Do not look at the event through an x-ray, a slide or film camera film. All these tricks do not protect the eyes properly, because they do not adequately mitigate the infrared rays. Even your regular sunglasses will not be enough to protect you. And in case of direct glare, the risk of burning the cornea or downright retina, and keep potentially lifelong consequences. Be careful!