Be sure to protect your eyes during the solar eclipse

Claudine Rigal
Août 12, 2017

That's when Johann Julius Friedrich Berkowski took the first photograph of a total solar eclipse. "Doctors of optometry are excited to help everyone enjoy it safely by protecting their eyes". "Normally if you look directly at the sun, the natural response is to squint, shield your eyes, blink or turn away".

NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office chief Bill Cooke said that he'd once experienced a solar eclipse in a pasture filled with horses. It will be at the midpoint, or maximum eclipse, at 2:22pm.

Leonard Bates was nine years old when he saw his first eclipse and the 80-year-old made his own viewer instead of using solar glasses. Totality is a fascinating look at all the wonders of eclipses, especially total solar eclipses. The full list can be found at

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Or you can watch via an alternative indirect method, such as with a pinhole viewer that you can easily make at home.

The next time a total solar eclipse will be visible for a vast majority of the United States will be nearly 100 years from now.

"My family and I will be traveling to stay with a friend in Lincoln, Nebraska, the weekend before the eclipse", she explains. From the station's perspective, 44 percent of the sun will be blocked in a partial eclipse. We feel lucky to know someone who will put us up; although we would probably have traveled to the path of totality, regardless.

As thousands get ready to look up at the sun, how do you know if the eclipse glasses you have are the proper ones? "Although it's likely to be a madhouse, I'm particularly interested in viewing from Homestead National Monument, where Bill Nye the Science Guy will be appearing". It ends at 3:45pm when the moon moves completely out of the sun's way.

While it might sound counter-intuitive, staring at the sun during an eclipse is actually more harmful than staring at the sun on a regular day; this is because the light from an eclipse is more focused and more intense.

Someone suffering from solar retinopathy will have a black spot in the middle of their vision.

"It's so unsafe for people to look at the sun even for a brief period of time because you can cause permanent damage to the retina".

It seems as though some companies are printing the ISO label and a fake certification on knockoff glasses that won't protect your eyes.

Looking through a telescope, binoculars or camera lens is not safe, either, and NASA warns, "Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight".

We will not be in the path of the total eclipse in Western Washington, but a partial eclipse, where a sliver of the sun is still visible.

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