Do we look directly at the sun. I don't! Once
there was a partial eclipse of the sun, and the
students at Isla Vista School used a pin to punch
a tiny hole in a piece of cardboard. They could
put the cardboard in front of the sun and hold a
piece of white paper a couple feet in back of the
cardboard, in the same line as the cardboard and
the sun. We could see the eclipse on the white
paper. The sun looked like a cookie with a big
bite taken out of it.
Once I went on a trip to see a total eclipse, and they gave us special VERY DARK glasses to wear during the darkest part of the eclipse. They weren't dark enough, though, to look at most of the eclipse, because the sun was very bright even when most of it was covered up by the moon.
Sometimes the sun isn't very bright on a
cloudy day or when it is setting, and I can look
at it if I squint so that only a LITTLE bit of
sunlight gets in my eyes. But I don't want to do
that very much, because I know that bright
sunlight can damage my eyes; and scientists think that too much bright sunlight might make me more likely to be blind when I get old!
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