Be safe during eclipse

By Nathan Crombie nathan.crombie@age.co.nz


Wairarapa astronomer Richard Hall has warned about the dangers of staring at the sun ahead of tomorrow's solar eclipse.

"The most important thing about the eclipse is to warn people never to look at the sun through optical aids like binoculars or telescopes. It will be the last thing they will ever see."

Mr Hall, of Stonehenge Aotearoa, said about 70 per cent of the eclipse totality will be visible from Wairarapa when the sun moves behind the moon from about 9.15am until 11.45am.

He said Stonehenge is holding observations tomorrow morning and have deployed specialist telescopes with solar filters at the Carterton observatory on Ahiaruhe Rd.

He said special glasses also will be available and the observatory will have a direct feed from Nasa cameras observing the eclipse from Cairns as well.

"The weather forecast is not looking brilliant but we will have the Nasa link on the large screen here, so we will have a view from Cairns even if we have cloud cover."

The Stonehenge Aotearoa Solar Eclipse event runs from 9am, $10 for adults and $5 for pre-teens.

- WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE

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