Total Solar Eclipse 2015

Eye Safety

Official Eclipse Eye Safety Information

A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon fully blocks the Sun as it passes between the Sun and the Earth. 

On 20 March 2015 all of the Faroe Islands will experience a total solar eclipse. 

The following are tips for viewing this rare phenomenon safely. 

  1. Never look directly at the Sun without proper eye protection.  It is possible to suffer serious and permanent eye damage by looking at a solar eclipse.
  2. You must use solar eclipse glasses, or filters that have been made specifically to attach to telescopes or binoculars for safe solar eclipse viewing.
  3. On the morning of the 20 March, eclipse glasses should be used from the start of the eclipse at 8.38am. Once the Moon completely covers the disk of the Sun during totality, it is safe to remove your eclipse glasses and look at the eclipsed Sun with the naked eye. This will occur from approximately 9.40-9.42 am (exact times depending on location).  Immediately after totality, eclipse glasses must again be used for viewing.
  4. We recommend you only purchase glasses that have been officially approved for safe solar viewing.  Before purchase, look on the inside of the glasses for the CE certification mark.  If you cannot see this, ask to see evidence of certification.
  5. Before buying and using solar eclipse glasses or filters, check to see if they are scratched or damaged.  If so, do not use them, as they will not fully protect your eyes.
  6. Do not look directly through binoculars, telescopes or camera optical viewfinders.  It is not safe to use regular sunglasses, exposed film or x-ray film to view a solar eclipse.
  7. Alternative safe viewing methods include pinhole, binocular or telescope projection.   Visit for links to information on how to view this safely, and for links to information on filters for telescopes or binoculars.
  8. Children must be supervised at all times.

Eclipse glasses are available in shops throughout the Faroe Islands already now for the Total Solar Eclipse.



Further information on eye safety is available from NASA