How to prepare for historic solar eclipse

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An astronomy expert has given her advice on how to view tomorrow’s rare solar eclipse.

Professor Heather Couper CBE, a broadcaster and writer on astronomy, space and science has been speaking ahead of the eclipse.

Professor Couper said: “This is not a total solar eclipse, it is a major eclipse of the sun.

“It will be total in the Faroe Islands but not here in the UK.

“A partial eclipse is particualrly interesting because it is very rare - we will not see anything like this again until 2090.

“The eclipse will start here at 8.25am, the middle will be at 9.31am and finish at 10.41am.”

Professor Couper, from Loosely Row, jointly runs a science and media consultancy firm alongside future astronaut Nigel Henbest, and writes a regular column for The Independent.

She said: “My main advice to people wishing to view this solar eclipse is to not look directly at the sun.

“If the weather is wet as is forecast it will not be a great event.

“If you go and look at your greenery you may notice the eclipse in the reflection.

“Other signs to look out for are a slight decrease in temperature, darkening of the skies and a decrease in the amount of birdsong.”