THE Balearics will be an ideal place for observing the eclipse of the sun on October 3, which will enter the Iberian Peninsula at 9.38am and end in the Balearics at 12.33pm. The moon will pass in front of the sun, but as the radius of the moon is not enough to cover that of the sun there will be a fine solar ring around the moon.This luminous ring will be perfectly circular during the central phase of the eclipse. Spain will be the only country where this central part of the eclipse can be observed, in the following cities: Pontevedra, Lugo, Ourense, Zamora, Salamanca, Valladolid, Ávila, Segovia, Madrid, Toledo, Guadalajara, Cuenca, Albacete, Valencia, Alicante and Ibiza. In the rest of Spain it can be partially observed. An eclipse like this will not be observed in Spain again until 2028 and there will be no total eclipse of the sun until 2026.
Precautions should be taken in observing an eclipse. Never look directly at the sun, but use special filters.
The use of home-made protectors such as smoked glass, negatives, conventional sunglasses, etc, give a false sense of protection but can damage the eyes, and even cause blindness.
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