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Eclipse Safety: How to protect your eyes

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The total solar eclipse is a little over 2 months away from occurring here in Rochester. With that in mind, it is important to review safety tips when viewing the eclipse. Although it may be safe to look during the total eclipse, it is not safe to look directly into the sun during any other phase without the proper protection.

A common and safe way to view the eclipse is with solar glasses (or eclipse glasses). These glasses will allow for people to safely view the eclipse without causing permanent damage to their eyes. There is also an option of using a solar filter, which closely relates to solar glasses. They both will protect your eyes. When purchasing either solar glasses or filters, you want to make sure that your solar filter has an ISO 12312-2:2015 certification. If you receive a filter that was made before 2015, coming loose from its frame, or has wrinkled lenses, it is not safe to use. Solar glasses/filters will allow for you to watch and enjoy the solar eclipse, but what happens if you don’t possess these glasses/filters?

There are other easy and safe ways to view the solar eclipse if you don’t have solar glasses or filters. One way is by using your hands. With your back to the sun, you would want to place one hand on top of the other with your fingers overlapping making right angles. There will be little spaces between your fingers, which will show the sun’s crescent before and after the total eclipse on the ground. Some other ways to view it would be by using cardboard, a tree, or a colander. The most important thing to remember is to never look directly into the sun without protecting your eyes.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The total solar eclipse is a little over 2 months away from occurring here in Rochester. With that in mind, it is important to review safety tips when viewing the eclipse. Although it may be safe to look during the total eclipse, it is not safe to look directly into the sun during any other phase without the proper protection.

A common and safe way to view the eclipse is with solar glasses (or eclipse glasses). These glasses will allow for people to safely view the eclipse without causing permanent damage to their eyes. There is also an option of using a solar filter, which closely relates to solar glasses. They both will protect your eyes. When purchasing either solar glasses or filters, you want to make sure that your solar filter has an ISO 12312-2:2015 certification. If you receive a filter that was made before 2015, coming loose from its frame, or has wrinkled lenses, it is not safe to use. Solar glasses/filters will allow for you to watch and enjoy the solar eclipse, but what happens if you don’t possess these glasses/filters?

There are other easy and safe ways to view the solar eclipse if you don’t have solar glasses or filters. One way is by using your hands. With your back to the sun, you would want to place one hand on top of the other with your fingers overlapping making right angles. There will be little spaces between your fingers, which will show the sun’s crescent before and after the total eclipse on the ground. Some other ways to view it would be by using cardboard, a tree, or a colander. The most important thing to remember is to never look directly into the sun without protecting your eyes. Read More Eclipse LocalRochesterFirst  

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