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10 Things You Should Absolutely Not Do While Viewing The Eclipse

When viewing a solar eclipse, there are several precautions you should take to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Experts say these are ten things you absolutely should not do:

Do Not Waste Time Photographing It

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Totality during a solar eclipse is brief, and attempting to photograph it without proper experience and equipment can detract from the experience.

Do Not Leave Your Eclipse Glasses On During Totality

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You should remove your eclipse glasses only during the brief period of totality when the Sun is completely covered by the Moon.

Do Not View the Sun Through Binoculars/Telescopes Without Proper Filters

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Looking at the Sun through these devices without proper solar filters can cause permanent blindness.

Do Not Rely Solely On Your Eyes

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The eclipse experience is not just visual. Pay attention to the drop in temperature, the behavior of animals, and the lighting changes around you.

Do Not Focus Exclusively On One Aspect

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Try to take in the entire experience, including the Sun’s corona, the darkened sky, and the surrounding environment.

Do Not Use Homemade Filters or Ordinary Sunglasses

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These do not provide adequate protection for viewing the Sun, even during an eclipse.

Do Not Look at the Uneclipsed or Partially Eclipsed Sun Without Protection

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Always use eclipse glasses or a solar viewer when looking at any part of the Sun that is not completely covered by the Moon.

Do Not Use Damaged or Scratched Eclipse Glasses

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Inspect your glasses before use; if they are damaged, they may not protect your eyes adequately.

Do Not Look at the Sun Through a Camera, Telescope, or Binoculars While Using Eclipse Glasses

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The concentrated solar rays can damage the glasses and enter your eyes, causing serious injury.

Do Not Remove Your Eclipse Glasses While Looking at the Sun

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Always turn away from the Sun before removing your glasses to avoid accidental exposure to bright sunlight.

13 Outrageous Historical Facts & Crazy Reactions To Eclipses

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Have you ever viewed an eclipse? Did you take care and use your special glasses? Eclipses have been with us for centuries and were often viewed with suspicion and shock and fear. Here are some reports of some crazy reactions to eclipses over the years. Read: 13 Outrageous Historical Facts & Crazy Reactions To Eclipses

10 Things To Protect Your Children While Viewing The Eclipse

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To protect children from accidentally viewing the eclipse unprotected, it is essential to take proactive and precautionary measures. Here are some strategies based on the expert guidance. Read: 10 Things To Protect Your Children While Viewing The Eclipse

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    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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