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Sunday, August 20, 2017

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PEOPLE interested in watching tomorrow's solar eclipse is being urged to do so with caution.

In a release on Friday, the Ministry of Health advised the public to be cautious during the partial solar eclipse, as looking directly at the sun could damage the eyes.

A solar eclipse is an event where the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, thereby casting a shadow, which moves across the surface of the Earth, the ministry's advisory stated.

A partial solar eclipse happens when the moon comes between the sun and earth, but the moon only partially covers the sun's disk, it continued.

The ministry is asking people to not look at the sun during the eclipse, as this can cause damage to the retina.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Winston Winston De La Haye is quoted as saying: “It is important that persons refrain from looking at the sun during this period as it can cause permanent damage to the eyes.

“The only way to look directly at the sun when it is eclipsed or is partly eclipsed is with a special solar filter, such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer,” he continued.

The eclipse is expected to begin sometime after midday and the entire process is to last for two to three hours. However, the time the moon partially blocks the sun is to last for just over two minutes, the ministry said.

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