Top tips for viewing the eclipse

Or how to enjoy the astral event on March 9 without going blind.

Praise the sun! The morning of the 9 March will be heralding in a pretty rare astral event, in the form of a partial solar eclipse and lucky old us in Singapore and Malaysia we get a ring side seat to what might be the most authentic, dramatic and plain cheapest outdoor event you’ll attend this year.

Before you attempt to align your chakras and sip your herbal teas in celebration of 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 wander 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 projector 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.

But wait, there’s more! Viewing the solar eclipse isn’t just about looking up from your smartphone for more than five seconds (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.

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!