How to protect your eyes and avoid scammers selling uncertified ‘eclipse glasses.’
It may sound morbid when Patrick Young, professor of Astrophysics, says that your eye could literally melt during the solar eclipse this month, but he’s not wrong. It’s the event of the summer. The Solar Eclipse 2017 will provide complete darkness to many cities in the United States, and thousands are expected to watch as the moon moves in front of the Sun. Young, with his eye-cringing rhetoric, is referring to HOW you watch the eclipse. Staring directly at the Sun could permanently damage your eye. Where the “melting” comes into play is if you stare directly at the Sun through a telescope or camera. Not even regular sunglasses will do. Young says there is only one option to shield your eyes from the Sun’s light, and that means using certified eclipse glasses. Look for the ISO logo for certification. When looking straight ahead, you should not be able to see anything through the certified eclipse glasses, but when looking at the Sun, you should be able to make out a perfect orange/yellow ball.
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A more indirect way of watching the eclipse is through a pinhole lens. See how it works in the video above.