Safety Tips You Need to Know About Today’s Historical Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017

Today, Monday August 21st 2017, most of North America can bear witness to a historical total solar eclipse. Although there was a solar eclipse in 1979, this will be first time in 99 years that a solar eclipse of this scale will occur, which is why it has gotten so much hype!

What exactly is a solar eclipse? It is when the moon and sun are in such a close alignment that the moon’s orbit will cross paths with the sun, thus blocking our view of it. The reason why this is so rare is because the phase of the moon has to be a NEW MOON.

You may think to yourself that because the moon will be obscuring our view of the sun, it should be safe to take pictures or look directly at the celestial phenomenon with your bare eyes since there’s no sunlight. 

But that could not be further from the truth. Looking directly at the eclipse can result in PERMANENT EYE DAMAGE if you don’t have proper protection. Not even your glasses or sunglasses can protect your eyes from the concentrated solar rays, which are harmful enough to burn your retina (which has happen to a young observer during a partial eclipse in the 60s.)

Unless you have purchased NASA-approved solar eclipses glasses or other viewing instruments like a telescope, do not under any circumstances look directly at the eclipse or you will experience altered vision, or blindness. You also will not be able to look at it through your phone as the solar rays can also damage the lens of your camera. If you have not bought any NASA-approved object to view the solar eclipse, you can still see it take place through shadows.

This phenomenon will be televised so you can safely watch the eclipse take place on a news channel or online.

For more information about viewing the eclipse, visit NASA’s official site which has a wealth of information at your disposal.

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