Don't Stare At The Sun: What You Should Know About The Solar Eclipse

The solar eclipse is finally here. For many, this has been a date marked on their calendars for years. Planning their celestial event party, and finding that perfect location to view the eclipse.

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For others, not so much.  

Here is what you need and what you need to know to watch the solar eclipse.

Don't Stare At The Sun

First and foremost you shouldn't even watch the solar eclipse.  People who have looked directly at a solar eclipse have developed what is called Solar Retinopathy.  When looking at the sun, your eye's natural lens acts like a high powered magnifying glass and damages the cells in the retina causing the person to lose some or all central vision.

Not Fake Eclipse Glasses

If you are determined to watch the eclipse, be sure to use properly made glasses with special solar filters.  Only 12 companies make eclipse glasses that NASA and others certify as safe.  Look for the "ISO" (International Organization for Standardization) icon on any eclipse glasses you buy.

Unfortunately there are a lot of fake and counterfeit eclipse glasses being sold in stores, and on Amazon. Even with the correct ISO reference number and icons we can't be certain they are safe. You must use your best judgement when deciding to use any glasses that claim to be eclipse glasses.