Swathes of the Northern Hemisphere will have the chance to experience an annular or partial eclipse of the Sun today.
The eclipse tomorrow is when part of the sun is eclipsed by the moon and the location of the United Kingdom means, here in Sussex, we will see a partial eclipse.
"Looking at the sun directly, without the appropriate protective eyewear can result in a condition known as solar retinopathy which can cause temporary or permanent visual loss", says Mr Edmonds.
Why does a solar eclipse happen? If the moon is at its closest point to Earth (called perigee) it can block out most of the sun's rays, creating a total eclipse. As a result, the size of the moon and the size of the Sun correlate nearly perfectly - except that the Moon's distance from the Earth varies by about 10 percent, depending on whether it's at perihelion (closest to us) and aphelion (farthest away).
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Mr Edmonds advises people seek treatment from an eye care professional if anyone notices any changes in vision after viewing the eclipse.
The partial eclipse will then end at 12.22pm.
To prevent the eclipse damaging vision, eclipse glasses that allow the sun to be viewed safely can be used but do not just rock up with your ordinary shades.
"As dictated by ISO 12312-2, we are required to put an obsolescence period on our glasses", he told Live Science.
Even looking at the shadows the eclipsed Sun casts through the holes of a spaghetti strainer or colander will reveal the solar eclipse.
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The map shows the global extent of the shadow during the eclipse.
Because the ring of fire won't be visible from Rome, the Virtual Telescope project is partnering with skywatchers in Canada, where the eclipse will be annular, Gianluca Masi, astrophysicist and director of the Virtual Telescope Project, wrote on the website.
Watch the livestream beginning starting at 5:00 a.m. EST in the player above.
Another tip for seeing the partial solar eclipse is to head to a designated International Dark Sky Place, where the sky is protected from pollution.
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