The expected Solar Eclipse this Friday has led Doctors to warn the public against taking a peep at the unfolding events.
Although the tiny Moon seems to be obstructing the giant Sun, in fact its dangerous rays are still reaching the sensors at the back of the eyes. The damaged sensors will lead to blind spots and various degrees of blindness.
This is the first time in history that camera phones have been poised ready on mass to capture the celestial event.
The following tips for Friday are from Crewe Chronicle:
Top tips for a safe solar eclipse
Don’t forget to use your headlights if you are driving as it is likely to be quite dark during the eclipse
Don’t look directly at the sun during the eclipse as this can cause permanent damage to your eyesight.
Don’t try to snap a ‘selfie’ during the eclipse as just lining up the projection on your phone could still put you at risk.
If you want to view the eclipse you will need to use special glasses which have a filter to protect your eyes. These must be safety tested and CE approved. Good solar eclipse glasses filter out all of the harmful ultraviolet and infrared light and almost all of the intense visible light to allow you to view the eclipse safely.
Don’t try to view the eclipse using regular sunglasses, as they won’t protect you. Instead it’s worth looking at other techniques, such as pinhole projection.
If you want to view the eclipse through a powerful camera or telescope you will need stronger filters – don’t think you can just wear the regular eclipse glasses to look through the lens.
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