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Partial Solar Eclipse Visible from Iceland on Tuesday Morning

A partial solar eclipse will be visible from Iceland on Tuesday morning, RÚV reports. If the weather is good, the eclipse will be visible everywhere in the country. The public is reminded to use protective gear to view the celestial spectacle, although it will need to be homemade, as there are no more solar eclipse glasses available in the country.

A bite out of the sun

Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes between the sun and the earth and casts its shadow on the planet. “If people look at the sky this Tuesday, it’ll look like there’s a little bite missing,” says scientist and public educator Sævar Helgi Bragason (better known in Iceland as Stjörnu-Sævar, or ‘Star Sævar’ because of his particular enthusiasm for all things astronomy-related). “It’ll look a bit like the Apple logo.”

From Reykjavík, about 20% of the sun will be eclipsed, whereas it will be as much as 25% from the Northeastern and Eastern parts of the country. “It’s always something of a spectacle,” says Sævar, “but the only way to see it is to use appropriate protective equipment, such as eclipse glasses or solar filters.”

Make sure you have a good line of sight, DIY protective gear

The eclipse won’t last long in Iceland. It will begin just before 9:00 AM GMT (8:58 AM on the dot, according to, reach its peak at 10:00 AM, and then end shortly after that. When planning where best to watch the eclipse in Iceland, Sævar says it’s important to remember that the sun will be rising at the same time that the eclipse is occurring, so it will be low in the sky.

“So if, for example, you’re in a deep fjord or have tall buildings around you, those could block the sun. So you need to be in a place where you have a clear view,” he says. “With the appropriate protective gear, of course.”

Partial lunar eclipse to follow in November

Unfortunately, there aren’t any more solar eclipse glasses in Iceland. (They sold out in Iceland in 2015, too—so maybe a good idea to start planing ahead for 2026’s total eclipse if you’re an ethusiast.) But never fear if you don’t have eclipse glasses on hand—it isn’t hard to make your own. Sævar says you can use something as simple as transparent plastic lids or plastic bowls, and notes that clouds can also act as a natural filter. The most important thing, he says, is to look through something that reduces the intensity of the sunlight. Newsweek also has a variety of options for homemade viewers here.

Tuesday’s partial solar eclipse will also be live-streamed by the Royal Observatory Greenwich if you are located somewhere the eclipse will not be visible or are otherwise unable to watch it yourself:

If Tuesday’s solar event whets your appetite for astronomical wonders, you’re in luck: there will be a partial lunar eclipse during the full moon, right before sunrise on Tuesday, November 8.

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