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Millions across Europe witness total solar eclipse

EUROPE – For millions of people across northern Europe and the U.K., Friday was more than just the start of the weekend.  It was the chance of a lifetime.

A total solar eclipse swept through the North Atlantic and Arctic, eventually ending at the North Pole.

Because of its prime viewing location, thousands of die-hard eclipse lovers even headed to a remote island halfway between Norway and Iceland, known as the Faroe Islands, to catch a glimpse.

Though they can be breathtaking to see, experts say you should be careful if you do have the opportunity to see one.

The few seconds when the sun is totally obscured is safe to look at with the naked eye, and can be quite awe-inspiring, but looking directly at the sun at any other time can be incredibly dangerous. 

It allows a large amount of ultraviolet light into your eyes that can burn the light-sensitive cells there, causing potentially permanent blurry vision and blind shots.

People wanting to see the eclipse can buy special eclipse glasses that block out more than 99.9 percent of the sun's light or make a pinhole projector by poking a hole in a cardboard box and projecting the sun's light onto a piece of paper.