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Eclipse Glasses: How to Protect Your Eyes From the Sun During a Solar Eclipse

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Eclipse Glasses: How to Protect Your Eyes From the Sun During a Solar Eclipse

Viewing a solar eclipse –total, or partial– is an exciting event. If you live in an area where you can experience this spectacular phenomenon, make sure you are prepared to practice safe eclipse viewing. Let’s discuss a few good practices for safely watching an eclipse.

Eclipse Glasses
When viewing an eclipse, it is important to protect your eyes. This is because the light from the sun can cause permanent eye damage. To protect your eyes during an eclipse you can use eclipse glasses. These are very inexpensive, and provide great eye protection.

Solar Filters
Using solar filters, also view an eclipse through a telescope. While it is never safe to view a solar eclipse through any device, including a telescope or binoculars, unprotected, solar filters allow only a small amount of sunlight to pass through them. Using solar filters will help you to safely view a solar eclipse. When using any type of filter do not stare at the sun for long periods. It is recommended that you look briefly and then look away.

Camera and Telescope Solar Filters
It is never safe to view a solar eclipse through any device including a telescope, without filters. Many companies sell a metal-coated filter that fit over the lens of a camera or telescope. These filters should not be confused with solar eyepiece for a telescope. Solar eyepieces can be sold with small amateur telescopes. However, these eyepieces are not safe because it can absorb heat and crack, allowing the sunlight to possibly enter your eyes and cause damage.

When viewing an eclipse, you should follow safety procedures to protect your eyes from the sun. If safety precautions are not taken, there is a risk of experiencing eclipse blindness, which can seriously damage your eyes. Fortunately, there are many ways to watch the show safely with eclipse glasses, solar filters and other protective wear. Know what it takes to be safe when watching a solar eclipse by following these best practices.

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