Astronomy Ireland, will be holding an eclipse watch at their headquarters in Dublin on Friday 20 March 2015. The event runs from 8am-11am with maximum eclipse being at 9:28am when 92% of the Sun will be covered by the Moon.
A huge image of the Sun will be projected onto a giant screen as the Moon crosses the Sun and almost totally eclipses it. This means that (what will hopefully be) a bright sunny morning will be reduced to being only as bright as a heavily overcast dull day. As well as being noticeably dark, the temperature will drop dramatically so folks are recommended to bring warm heavy clothing.
“There has not been an eclipse as deep as this since 1999, and there will not be another this deep until 2026, so this is a once in 27 year event” said AI chairman, David Moore. Admission to the National Eclipse Watch is a suggested donation of €10 per adult (€5 concessions). Eclipse glasses will be available to purchase also.
If you can’t make it to Blanchardstown on Friday morning, there are safe ways to watch the eclipse yourself.
Special eclipse glasses with filters protect your eyes from the harmful effects of the Sun, Astronomy Ireland still have some for sale on their website, but can’t guarantee delivery (we reckon you’ll be safe enough ordering today though). A simple pinhole projector is what AI will be doing. You can build your own by taking a piece of card, punching a hole in it, and holding it in front of a second piece of paper. The image of the Sun will be projected through the hole onto the second piece of paper, and you can ssafely experience the eclipse without damaging your eyes.
Astronomy Ireland has produced a special eclipse magazine, available in Dunnes, Easons and online at www.astronomy.ie giving all the background to the eclipse.
Here’s an animated map of the eclipse path: