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Protect your eyes while watching solar eclipses

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This general partial solar eclipse took place in Germany on May 31, 2003.

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If you are lucky enough to be able to see a solar eclipse, you should make sure you protect your eyes and never look directly at the Sun at any point without proper protection.

The Sun’s UV radiation can burn the retinas in the eyes leading to permanent damage or even blindness. Keep in mind that this can occur even if your eyes are exposed to direct sunlight for a few seconds.

Solar eclipses explained

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How to view a solar eclipse

The only way to view the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun safely is to either project or filter the solar photosphere’s rays.

Here are some safe options to view a solar eclipse:

How not to view a solar eclipse

It goes without saying that you should not not look directly into the Sun without any protective eyewear during the course of the eclipse or even before and after the eclipse.

According to NASA, the following materials should never be used to view a solar eclipse:

The bottomline is, do not take any chances. If you are unsure about the safety of a viewing device, talk to an expert first before using it.