This Saturday, October 14, you can enjoy the partial solar eclipse in Caracas, so we leave you with some recommendations for proper observation.
Through X (formerly Twitter), the Faculty of Sciences of the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), left some security measures to the community.
- The partial eclipse will begin at 12:56:38at that moment the sun is at an altitude of 69° above the horizon.
- The expected time of maximum eclipse is 14:39:48. At this time the sun is at an altitude of 49° and the altitude is 49° azimuth It will be 244°. The moon will cover the 69.7% the solar disk.
- The eclipse will end at 16:11:26, where it is no longer visible from Caracas. The height of the sun is finally 28° above the horizon.
- The moon covers a portion of the solar disk, revealing a extraordinary ring of fire around it.
Direct observation of the sun, even during an eclipse, can cause permanent damage to the retina, Therefore, it is important to take the following precautions:
- Do not look directly at the sun, even during an eclipse.
- Use a special solar filter for telescopes or binoculars.
- If you don’t have a special sunscreen, use the indirect form of observation.
- Do not use non-certified opaque sheets for sungazing, no matter how dark they are.
Forms of indirect observation
If you don’t have a special filter, it is possible to appreciate astronomical phenomenon through the following forms of indirect observation:
- Pinhole projector: Prepare a box where sunlight passes through a small hole (pinhole) and place it on the opposite wall. Then, create an observation window, which allows you to see the reflection of the projected image.
- Television or Internet: Many websites and media outlets will broadcast the eclipse live.
One thing to keep in mind when viewing a solar eclipse is meteorological conditions. That is, if there is a very cloudy sky that day, it is possible that this event will not be visible.
Finally, as an important fact, the next partial solar eclipse visible in Caracas will be January 26, 2028, followed by November 14, 2031. While the last one happened six years ago, on August 21, 2017.