How to look at the solar eclipse without melting your eyes

Because you’re not the only one, staring at the sun

Praise the sun! The solar eclipse is here, and it might just be the best, most authentic and cheapest outdoor event you’ll attend this year.

But wait, there’s more! Viewing the solar eclipse isn’t just about looking up from your smartphones (although admittedly that is an essential part of it). And ditto if you want to take a photo that doesn’t look like your camera has a few dozen dead pixels in a curious shape of a foreboding circle.

Before you attempt to align your chakras and sip your herbal teas with the majestic cosmic event that is about to occur: what the heck is a solar eclipse? A solar eclipse happens when our pockmarked little moon happens to ladida across our view of the sun, thereby blocking it for a short while.

Much like the unwelcome silhouette of a head when some idiot sitting at the top row of the cinema hall stumbles across the path of the projection on the way to the toilet - just bigger and more spacey. And it happens way less often.

The upcoming solar eclipse will be visible in Singapore and Malaysia on 9 March starting at 7.23am and reaching its peak at 8.23am. It won’t be a total eclipse (of the heart), but we should still get about an 87% eclipse, which is still pretty fantastic for a social media post - um, we mean heavenly natural phenomenon.

So if you happen to find a patch of sky that isn’t particularly cloudy in the morning tomorrow, keep your eyes peeled and your cameras at the ready… but not before you read these tips!