Dubai Astronomy Group & UAE Space Agency giving out free Solar Eclipse Glasses to schools

December 9, 2019

On 26th December 2019, UAE is going to witness the Annular solar eclipse at Liwa Abu Dhabi, which is happening after 172 years in this region and will happen next after 83 years, UAE will also witness a partial solar eclipse from different parts of the country. Dubai Astronomy Group and the UAE Space Agency will be distributing solar eclipse glasses for this occasion to all schools and will be running a training program for schools and teachers to train them on observing the solar eclipse safely on 26th December 2019.

It is always advisable for the public to use proper equipment and glasses during observation of the solar eclipse. Dubai Astronomy Group and UAE Space Agency have decided to distribute the solar eclipse glasses and run the training program for safe and secure observation.

  • All schools are requested to collect their solar eclipse glasses from Al Thuraya Astronomy Center
  • Each school will receive 10 Solar Eclipse Glasses
  • Each school can nominate only TWO teachers to participate in this workshop.


  • UAE sky is going to witness an annular solar eclipse on 26th December 2019
  • Last Annular Solar Eclipse happened in UAE in 1847.

An Annular Solar Eclipse is going to happen in UAE on 26th December 2019. An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon covers the Sun’s center, leaving the Sun’s visible outer edges to form a “ring of fire” or annulus around the Moon.


Solar Eclipse Path.

The DOs and DON’Ts:

  • DON’T ever look at the Sun without proper eye protection.
  • DON’T view the Sun through sunglasses of any type (single or multiple pairs), or filters made from photographic film, or any combination of photographic filters, crossed polarisers or gelatin filters, CDs, CD-ROMs, or smoked glass. None of these are safe.
  • DO view the Sun ONLY through special filter glasses made specifically for safe solar viewing.
  • DON’T fit any filter to a telescope without FIRST checking it thoroughly for damage. If it is scuffed, scratched, has pinholes in it, or you have any other doubts about it at all, DON’T use it.

To repeat that again: if you are not certain that a filter is approved and safe, or you have any other doubts, DON’T USE IT.

Protect Your Eyes! Never look at the Sun, eclipsed or otherwise, without proper eye protection, like eclipse glasses. The Sun’s rays can burn the retinas in the eyes leading to permanent damage or even blindness. A safe way to watch a solar eclipse is to wear protective eclipse glasses or to project an image of the eclipsed Sun using a pinhole projector.

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