If you live in the contiguous United States, you'll be able to see a partial or even total solar eclipse on Monday. It will probably be really amazingly cool, unless you do one thing:
Preparing for the eclipse by staring into the sun more and more each day & building up a tolerance to the light. Can't wait for the big day!— Max Dylan Ash (@mynameisntdave) August 18, 2017
Yup: Do not do this. Do not look at the solar eclipse with your eyes, unless you are in the narrow path of totality, in which you have a couple of minutes in which to look at the blackened sun. This scientist shows why, by using a real pig's eyeball and putting it in the path of the sun for a few minutes.
But if, for some reason, you still need further convincing not to stare at the sun, one man who looked at the 1962 solar eclipse recently spoke to The Today Show about his permanent eye damage.
“We were just doing it for a short time,” he said. “I have a little blind spot in the center of my right eye.”
*staring deeply and intently at solar eclipse whilst wearing appropriate eye protection with filters*— jomny sun (@jonnysun) August 18, 2017
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So what can you do if you want to watch the eclipse safely? You can try getting your hands on some eclipse glasses—Warby Parker stores are giving them away, for instance, though their supplies are dwindling.
The Great American Solar Eclipse is just five days away! 😱 Don't forget to stop by your local Warby Parker store and grab a pair of eclipse glasses (hurry, they're going fast!), while supplies last. Not near a store? Head to our bio link to download a pinhole projector that you can use to view the eclipse safely. 😊
Or you can make a pinhole projector—NASA even has instructions for making one from a cereal box.