|I live in Oregon, and plan to be in an area where
the Eclipse will be in its 100% Totality. For the
duration of the 100% Totality (about a minute), is
it okay to look directly at the Eclipse?
From your website
here it appears that there could be a danger.|
|Question Date: 2017-08-14|
I think the key words are "people who stared
directly at the sun for several minutes went to
see their doctor". I saw the 1999 eclipse in
Aruba, and I don't remember taking off my eclipse
glasses. Or maybe I just took them off briefly
when the eclipse was total. The eclipse lasts
fewer than several minutes, so they're looking at
the eclipse when it's not total any longer. The
change from totality to not-totality was dramatic,
in Aruba, and so it was very obvious.
If you're somewhere where the eclipse isn't
total, you always need your eclipse
glasses. You seem to know that.
Here's a nice link for the eclipse weather
forecast as of Aug 11, 2017:
My brother sent it. We will be at my other
brother's home on the eclipse path in Wyoming.
I wish you good viewing!
It is OK to directly look at the sun only
when the totality happens. Otherwise, you need
the special eclipse glasses if you plan to observe
the sun for a long time. Keep in mind, totality
usually won't last long (about 2 minutes in Oregon
this time). So during the solar eclipse, most of
the time, you need the special eclipse glasses.
One more thing to emphasize, there will be some
moments when the solar eclipse will be very close
to totality but not exactly, so it is always a
good idea to keep the glasses on or at least do
not try to stare at the sun for too long.
While the eclipse is total, yes. Generally, the
answer to that is if it hurts your eyes, stop
looking at it. A quarter-second glance
directly at the sun even without an eclipse won't
destroy your vision, but it will hurt, so that's
your cue to stop looking at it.
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