Belmullet set to be one of the best places to catch this evening’s rare solar eclipse - Visit North Mayo

Are you ready to witness a celestial marvel? Tonight, Belmullet in North Mayo is poised to offer the best seat in Europe for the partial solar eclipse, with a remarkable 44 percent chance of visibility. Meanwhile, our neighbours in Galway are also in for a treat with a 35 percent chance of witnessing this rare phenomenon.

Eclipse image courtesy of Erris at Night FB group

Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Party in Belmullet, Mayo

To celebrate this extraordinary event, the Erris at Night Group on Facebook is hosting a Solar Watch Party, and you’re invited! Join us this evening, starting at 7:45 PM, at Cross Abbey on the Mullet Peninsula for an unforgettable experience.

Imagine seeing more than 45% of the sun being eclipsed by the moon, creating a breathtaking spectacle in the evening sky. However, as with any astronomical event, safety is paramount. Remember to protect your eyes and never stare directly at the sun. (see advice below on how to safely watch the eclipse.

According to Astronomy Ireland, the partial solar eclipse will begin around 7:55 PM, as the moon gradually passes in front of the sun. With sunsets varying from 8:10 PM to 8:30 PM, up to 55% of the sun’s diameter will be covered, making this a deep partial eclipse.

For the best viewing experience, find a perfect spot with a clear view of the western horizon, away from trees and buildings. Prepare to be awe-struck as you witness this three-minute celestial spectacle.

Follow Erris at Night for more cosmic surprises and mark your calendars for the next partial solar eclipse on March 29, 2025! While the next full solar eclipse in Ireland isn’t until September 23, 2090, let’s cherish tonight’s rare event and hope for clear skies to enjoy this celestial show.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a truly unforgettable experience. See you at the Solar Watch Party in Belmullet!

Image courtesy of Astronomy Ireland website

Advice on how to safely watch the partial eclipse

The following advice has been taken directly from the Erris at Night Facebook group:

“The best way to view an eclipse and protect your eyes is to use certified solar viewing glasses. Or with viewers specifically designed for observing the sun. These glasses have special filters that block out harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays while allowing safe viewing of the sun. Never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection, as it can cause permanent damage to your eyes. It is not safe to look at an eclipse with regular sunglasses. Regular sunglasses do not provide enough protection for your eyes when looking directly at the sun during an eclipse. It is important to use certified solar viewing glasses or viewers with proper filters to protect your eyes. You can also use a card or a sheet of paper to block out the sun’s harmful rays. The last thing we want is for anyone to damage their eyesight.”

Recent Blog for those interested in stargazing

For anyone with a general interest in stargazing and the night sky, Mayo is now home to Ireland’s first International Dark Sky Park. This park showcases some of the darkest, most pristine skies in the world.

It is nestled between the remote Nephin Mountain Range and the unspoiled Atlantic coastline. The Dark Sky Park extends across an area of 150km2. Its borders encompass the lands of Wild Nephin National Park. Half of the park is after dark!

Read a recent post by Georgia McMillan here:

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