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Tips On How To Safely Watch Next Week’s Solar Eclipse 

With the solar eclipse approaching next week, it is important to know how to watch it safely to prevent eye damage.

When the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s bright face during the short total phase of a total solar eclipse, it is safe to look directly at the Sun. Otherwise, you should wear special eye protection for solar viewing.

If a special-purpose solar filter is not fastened over the front of the optics, looking at any portion of the bright sun through a telescope, binoculars, or camera lens will immediately result in severe eye damage.

The Griffith Observatory says that those watching in person should follow these guidelines.

  •  Do not look directly at the sun. 
  • While looking at the sun, use either solar glasses, solaramas or solar telescopes
  • Using sunglasses, mirrors, regular telescopes or anything else but genuine safety devices will not provide adequate protection

Additionally, NASA has posted guidelines stating the following:

  • View the Sun through eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer during the partial eclipse phases before and after totality.
  • You can view the eclipse directly without proper eye protection only when the Moon completely obscures the Sun’s bright face – during the brief and spectacular period known as totality. (You’ll know it’s safe when you can no longer see any part of the Sun through eclipse glasses or a solar viewer.)
  • As soon as you see even a little bit of the bright Sun reappear after totality, immediately put your eclipse glasses back on or use a handheld solar viewer to look at the Sun.

NASA also reminds viewers that the Sun’s brightness will remain high even during partial, annular, or total eclipse phases. Witnessing a total eclipse might expose you to the sun’s rays for hours on end. Always wear protective gear, including a hat, sunscreen, long sleeves and pants, to avoid sunburn.

If you plan on staying outside for a long duration of time to view the eclipse, make sure to bring water to stay hydrated.

To learn more about the solar eclipse and how Santa Clarita will be affected, click here.

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Tips On How To Safely Watch Next Week’s Solar Eclipse 

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Steven Barrera was born and raised in the Santa Clarita Valley. He graduated high school from Golden Valley in 2019. He went to College of the Canyons for two years before transferring to The Master's University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications. Steven enjoys watching sports, and spending time with friends and family.