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Eclipse Safety: Be Wise, Protect Your Eyes

Eclipse Safety: Be Wise, Protect Your Eyes

It is never safe to look directly at the sun overhead without protective eyewear, even for a moment. The danger of the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, is simply that it is so fascinating that people are tempted to stare right at the sun for minutes at a time. Don't try to sneak even a glimpse. A direct look at the sun can cause a lifetime of permanent eye damage.

Before the eclipse, be sure to secure safety eyewear. We’re not talking about standard sunglasses, but special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. Learn more about safe solar eclipse viewing from NASA’s 2017 eclipse site and check out the American Astronomical Society's approved list of safe eyewear distributors.

No time to get eyewear? Retailer ran out? No problem. There are safe ways to experience an eclipse that don’t involve looking up. Pinhole projector viewing is a way to observe the effects of an eclipse without looking skyward. Watch this video to learn how: https://youtu.be/NiT_KHRlSHQ