All throughout your childhood, you were told never to look directly at the sun because it’ll damage your eyes. Well, the same applies for solar eclipses.
With the proper tools, however, you can view the eclipse safely with no worries of burning a crescent shape into your retinas.
Though, according to NASA, more than 6,800 libraries prepared proper eclipse-viewing eyewear for the general public, Twitter has informed us with multiple “Moments” that they are nearly impossible to get your hands on at this point.
If you were one of the lucky ones who prepared in advance and got your hands on some eclipse glasses, go through this checklist provided by NASA to make sure they’re the real deal:
· Have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard
· Have the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on the product
· Not be used if they are older than three years, or have scratched or wrinkled lenses
· Not use homemade filters
Now, what about the poor souls who weren’t quite as prepared and maybe procrastinated a bit on prep? Luckily for you, “viewing” the eclipse is still possible.
Whether you’re using a Ritz cracker, a colander, or your authentic ISO 12313-2 international standard eclipse glasses, be sure to enjoy this universal phenomenon safely!