How to view the solar eclipse in Germany
The Local · 20 Mar 2015, 10:04
Published: 20 Mar 2015 10:04 GMT+01:00
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All of Germany will have a view of the partial solar eclipse this morning, although the sun will be more fully blocked by the moon further towards the north.
Graphics for Berlin from timeanddate.com
Peak darkness will come between 10:35 am and 10:47 am depending on your location in Germany, with the western states being the first to reach it.
Check the map below to find out when you should be outside.
Viewing the eclipse
To view the eclipse, it is important never to look directly at the sun with your naked eye, as its infra-red radiation can damage your retinas.
Sunglasses are not protective enough to look directly at the sun either – only specially-designed eclipse viewing glasses with the CE kitemark, which block more than 99% of the sun's rays, should be used.
While those have sold out in many places in anticipation of the eclipse, you can build a quick and easy pinhole projector using a cardboard box – or just a piece of card and a sheet of paper.
Editor Tom Barfield testing The Local's homemade eclipse viewer - it works!
Just stand with your back to the sun and let it shine through the hole onto the paper – projecting an image of the eclipse that you can look at safely.