I am no scientist but I sure know that a solar eclipse is a rare thing to happen. I don’t exactly understand the science behind it and my brother has tried to explain it to me before as he did Astrophysics for his degree but all I know is the moon covers the sun and it will look pretty spectacular. I think I remember seeing it before back in 1999 (I was only like 15 then! Jeeze) so I had no idea what was happening and just thought “Oooooo the sky is looking dark”. On the news they have said we will be experiencing another Solar eclipse this Friday around 8.30am and a lot of budding scientists are even organising trips to get a better view of this rare sight because the further up north you are the more likely you will see the sun being over 90% covered. Down south or in London we should be able to see about 84% so it will still be an amazing thing to experience.
So how does this relate to eyes or eyewear… well if you want to view the solar eclipse you better be careful because sunglasses will not cut it and it is certainly not advisable to view it with your naked eye because it is so damaging to your retinas, in fact it can burn them. So yeah if you want to view it, the best advice is probably get yourself some funky eclipse viewing glasses or use the pinhole method.
I mean at 8.30am on a Friday, the chances are a lot of people will experience it because that is like peak time for people traveling to work. So on Friday peeps whether you are driving to work, getting the train or cycling, don’t forget to pack your preferred method of viewing it but remember DON’T look directly at it. If you do it will be very damaging to your retinas and that is for life. Don’t even consider looking at it through sunglasses, even if you think you have the best filter sunglasses and it is really dark, you may think your eyes are well protected… well think again because it can still do some sort of damage to your eyes.
You have all been warned but enjoy the spectacle as it is a rare thing to happen but stay safe and I hope I can get some good pictures on my camera… I am going for the “point and hope for the best” approach as I will not be looking directly at it.