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7 essential things you need to know about tomorrow's eclipse

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Mar 19th 2015, 10:04 PM 8,860 1

TOMORROW MORNING, A solar eclipse will be visible from Ireland.

The near-total eclipse will see nearly 90% of the sun’s surface covered by the moon and will plunge the country into darkness. (Or, you know, dullness.)

Here’s a little glimpse of what it’s expected to look like.

Source: Eric Fischer/YouTube

But when does it start? Can you take selfies?

Here’s what you need to know.

1. The eclipse will be visible in Dublin from 8.24am tomorrow morning

eclipse Source: Eric Fischer/YouTube

Maximum eclipse will be reached in Dublin at 9.28am and the whole thing will be finished by 10.36am.

2. It’s the last eclipse for a little while…

giphy (8) Source: Giphy

The next eclipse visible in Ireland won’t take place until 2026.

Sadface.

3. Don’t be foolish and look straight at the eclipse

giphy (7) Source: Reddit

Unless you want to burn your retina, that is.

And, no, sunglasses won’t do a thing.

4. And don’t even think about taking a selfie

Yes, we know the potential for likes on Facebook and Instagram is tempting, but steer clear of eclipse selfies.

The UK-based College of Optometrists has warned that viewing the eclipse through your iPhone, binoculars or a camera still leaves you at risk.

*gulp*

5. Yes, you can view the whole thing online

solar Source: andersbknudsen/Flickr

Slooh Observatory is sending a team to the Faroe Islands and will stream the whole thing live on its website tomorrow from 8.30am.

Sorted.

6. And Dubliners can view it from Trinity College

Indonesia Solar Eclipse Source: STR

If you haven’t got work obligations, an event will be held in Trinity’s Front Square tomorrow morning in which members of the public can safely view the eclipse with the help of some solar physicists.

More info on that here.

7. Yes, your Twitter timeline will be clogged with Total Eclipse of the Heart gags

Brace yourself.

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