Did you know that there will be an annular solar eclipse happening on October 14, 2023? This is a wonderful opportunity to view a very rare event, but it must be done with caution. According to NASA, “viewing any part of the bright Sun through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will instantly cause severe eye injury.”
Here are some safe ways to view the solar eclipse:
- Solar eclipse glasses: Use expert-approved solar “eclipse glasses” to view a solar eclipse safely and without damaging your eyes. You must wear your eye protection the entire time while watching a solar eclipse.
- Welder’s glass: You can find number 14 welder’s glass at your local welder’s supply or home improvement store. Welder’s glass will reduce the harmful rays that are emitted during the eclipse.
Please DO NOT use your:
- Smartphone: You might accidentally look at the sun when trying to line up the smartphone’s camera. This is dangerous for your eyes and the smartphone.
- Camera viewfinder: Looking through the viewfinder of a camera is almost the same as looking directly at the sun with your own eyes. It is dangerous and can lead to eclipse blindness.
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