See an eclipse

A life-changing experience

A solar eclipse is caused when the moon passes in front of the sun, plunging a certain section of the earth into a brief period of darkness. A sight that has to be seen to be believed, witnessing an eclipse should definitely be on your list of things to do before you die.

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How to see an eclipse

There are many different types of eclipse to be seen, but the most awe inspiring has to be a total solar eclipse, when the moon perfectly blocks out the sun. Sadly such a spectacular event is relatively rare, with total eclipses only happening on average every two years. Add to that the fact that they only last around seven minutes and often happen in remote corners of the earth, and it becomes apparent that you’ll have to do some serious planning to see this breath-taking astronomical phenomenon. Not to worry though – NASA provide a handy eclipse calendar, which gives detailed information on when and where you can see them.

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