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Solar eclipse: How to make a pinhole viewer

A helpful video on how to view the solar eclipse on Friday, March 20, safely

If it is not too cloudy in Chester and Ellesmere Port this Friday morning, March 20, you have every chance of viewing a rare solar eclipse.

But remember that looking directly at the sun can damage your retinas, causing permanent damage to your eyesight.

You will need to be prepared if you want to watch the spectacular event and this video from the Society for Popular Astronomy gives advice on safe ways to get the most out of the natural phenomenon, including how to make a pinhole viewer

A whole range of companies are offering solar eclipse glasses which have a filter to protect your eyes, but you need to make sure they are safety tested and CE approved.

There were free pairs of the glasses in the BBC magazine Sky at Night but telephone calls to newsagents across Chester have confirmed that they have already sold out.

You might still be able to order glasses online at Amazon but be prepared to have to buy in bulk.

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