A partial solar eclipse will be visible in Slovakia on Tuesday, October 25, Slovak astronomers have informed TASR. According to experts, this will be the most significant astronomical phenomenon to take place this year. A partial solar eclipse was most recently observable in Slovakia on June 10, 2021, but it was only a minor one. The next one will be visible on March 29, 2025, but that one will be even smaller. "So, definitely don't miss this year's eclipse, the view of a 'bitten-into Sun' will be beautiful," stated Slovak Astronomers' Association chair Milos Obert.
According to astronomers, this year's eclipse is the 55th in a series that began on March 6, 1049 and will end on May 11, 2347. The eclipse will be observable in Europe, north-eastern Africa, the Middle East and western Asia. The eclipse will be most pronounced in the central part of Russia. "We'll see the whole course of the eclipse from our territory," said Rudolf Galis, chairman of the Slovak Astronomical Society at the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV).
Telescopes will not be necessary needed to observe the solar eclipse, but people must take care to protect their eyes in order to prevent permanent damage to their eyesight. Special glasses with a protective layer or dark welding masks are most suitable for this purpose.
"If you don't have suitable equipment, you can visit the nearest observatory, where not only observation equipment will be available, but the staff will also tell you a lot of interesting things not only about eclipses," said Marian Vidovenec, general director of the Central Slovak Observatory in Hurbanovo, southern western Slovakia.