Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Eclipse ‘limes’ across T&T*

ready for the show: Nikos Spyridonos and his daughter Zoe try out eclipse glasses ahead of the total solar eclipse in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, yesterday. —Photo: AFP


Trinidad and Tobago is well known for “limes” and there will be five events to view today’s spectacular solar eclipse.
A solar eclipse is when the moon passes in front of the sun and a shadow is cast over the earth. There will be a total eclipse along a swathe of the United States, but there will just be a partial eclipse over T&T this afternoon.
The process starts at around 2.30 p.m. as the moon gradually starts covering the sun. The peak time when the moon will be covering as much as of the sun will be around 3.50 p.m. and after this point the moon will start covering less of the sun until the sun can no longer be seen at around five o’clock.
Five sky lover groups will be hosting events in the north, south, east and west of Trinidad and it may be worthwhile to attend one of these as you risk permanent eye damage by looking directly at the sun during the eclipse. Special lenses must be used and sunglasses will not be of any help.

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