A SOLAR eclipse will see the Sun blotted out by our Moon – but when, where and how can you watch?
We've put together a simple guide on how to watch the solar eclipse online, if you can't make it to a place where it's visible with your own eyes.
When is the next solar eclipse?
The next solar eclipse will be visible on October 25, 2022 – but not for everyone.
It will be a total solar eclipse – meaning the entirety of the Sun will be rendered invisible as the Moon passes in front of it.
The Moon will obscure the image of the Sun for viewers on Earth, creating a spectacular effect for sky gazers.
Sadly, it is best viewed from Antarctica and its surrounding waters.
However, you'll be able to see a partial eclipse if you live in the southernmost reaches of the world.
Parts of Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Chile will catch a glimpse.
"In many of these locations, the eclipse will occur before, during, and after sunrise or sunset," Nasa explained.
"This means that viewers will need to get a clear view of the horizon during sunrise or sunset in order to see the eclipse."
Sadly, the next total solar eclipse in the USA isn't expected until April 8, 2024 – with no others in the 21st Century for the bulk of Europe.
The previous June 10 event was a "ring of fire" eclipse, named after the red halo that appears around the Sun during the alignment.
How to watch solar eclipse online
Thankfully, even if you can't make it to Antarctica, you can still watch the solar eclipse online.
Nasa has confirmed that it plans to livestream the spectacle.
Sadly the livestream is weather dependent, according to Nasa.
The stream will be available on Nasa's YouTube channel, as well as on the official website.
Footage will be streamed from Union Glacier, Antarctica, courtesy of the JM Pasachoff Antarctic Expedition.
The stream is due to begin at 1.30am EST on December 4 – that's 6.30am UK time, or 10.30pm the night before in California.
Totality begins at 2.44am EST, and the stream will end at 3.37am EST.
How to safely watch the solar eclipse
Watching the solar eclipse online means no safety required – just enjoy the magic via your screen.
If you're lucky enough to see the eclipse in person, you should follow Nasa's advice.
"When viewing a partial solar eclipse, you must wear solar viewing or eclipse glasses throughout the entire eclipse if you want to face the Sun," Nasa says.
"Solar viewing or eclipses glasses are NOT regular sunglasses; regular sunglasses are not safe for viewing the Sun.
"If you are in the path of a total solar eclipse, you can take off your solar viewing or eclipse glasses only when the Moon is completely blocking the Sun.
"To learn when you can safely remove your glasses, see this page."
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