Is it Safe to Look at Solar Eclipse without Safety Glasses?

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A solar eclipse is a precious astronomical event widely anticipated and watched. It happens when the moon moves between the earth and the sun, obscuring the light coming from the sun, thereby casting its shadow upon the earth. Do not let this stunning light show deceive you. It can cook an unprotected eye. There are safety precautions for the eyes you need to observe before the event. First of all, your regular sunglasses do not make safe protective eyewear. Please do not attempt to wear it.

There are four types of Solar Eclipse:

  1. Partial solar eclipse – when the moon partially covers the sun’s disk. Thirty- five per cent of eclipses are Partial.
  2. Annular solar eclipse – when the moon’s disk is not enough to cover the sun’s entire disk showing the sun’s outer edges or some call the ring of fire. Thirty- two per cent of eclipses are Annular.
  3. Total solar eclipse – when the moon completely covers the sun’s disk and blocks the light. This happens when the moon is closest to the earth and will appear large. Twenty-eight per cent of eclipses are Total.
  4. Hybrid solar eclipse – it is the rarest type of eclipse. It happens when annular eclipse changes to total eclipse and vice versa. Only five per cent of eclipses are Hybrid.

No matter how amazing the show is, never look directly at the sun without a good protective eyewear.

The only time you can look at the sun directly is during a total solar eclipse when the sun is entirely covered by the moon. This total solar eclipse happens when the moon is orbiting closest to the earth. This event takes a very short time, about 7 minutes and a half or shorter in most cases; savor the moment when it happens. As soon as the moon moves and the light from the sun starts to peek, it is time for you to put back on your safety glasses. It is important not to look at the sun directly, even when it is partially blocked because the sun emits radiation, aptly called solar radiation. This radiation damages the eye’s retina. The retina’s purpose is to receive the light that the eye lens has focused, convert the light to signals and sends them to the brain for visual recognition. Looking directly at the run makes the retina focus on the rays and cause serious damage to the mechanism of the eyes, resulting in a condition called retinopathy, a damage to the retina causing partial or complete loss of vision. People do not have any special reason to look directly at the sun, but a solar eclipse makes many people excited, throws caution to the wind and ignore warnings. At no time should you dare to look at the sun directly, even with the temptation of dark shadows from the moon; even the 1% exposed sun’s surface emits intense light, which can cause a retinal burn or eclipse blindness.

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No naked eye can look at the sun eye to eye. The best and safest way to enjoy a solar eclipse, partial or total, is to wear safety glasses. You will be able to watch the whole amazing show without worry. Do not take chances. Remember, a little neglect can mean a lifetime of regret.

Author Bio: Nicky Bella is a copywriter and content strategist. She helps businesses stop playing around with content marketing and start seeing the tangible ROI. She loves writing as much as she loves the cake.

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