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Look outside: it's your last chance to see a solar eclipse for four years

But experts warn eclipse watchers not to look at it directly.

An annular solar eclipse is seen in the sky over Male, Maldives, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.
An annular solar eclipse is seen in the sky over Male, Maldives, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

STOP WHATEVER YOU’RE doing, and look outside.

It’s your last chance to see a partial solar eclipse for at least four years.

This morning’s eclipse is the biggest astronomical event for 2011.

It should be visible to the north east of the horizon, particularly on the east coast, until around 9.20am this morning, as the moon partially obscures the sun. At its peak, the moon’s shadow will cover 40 per cent of the sun’s surface.

Experts warn that you shouldn’t look directly at the sun, as it can cause blindness.

Email your pictures of the solar eclipse to us at tips@thejournal.ie, or send them to us via our Twitter page.

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Jennifer O'Connell

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