Here’s how to watch the eclipse without harming your vision
It’s sure to be an awe-inspiring sight, but looking directly at an eclipse could actually damage your eyesight, according to NASA.
It’s safe to look at the total solar eclipse — or the moment when the moon completely passes in front of the sun.
“As the moon moves in front of the sun, there comes a time when several bright points of light shine around the moon’s edges,” NASA advises on its website.
The beads disappear until there’s only a bright spot that looks “like a giant diamond ring,” according to NASA. “It is still not safe to look at the sun at this point! Only when that bright spot completely disappears can you safely look at the sun.”
This period is short, so be sure to keep your eye on the moon as it moves. Put your glasses back on when that happens, or use an indirect method to watch, like by looking at nearby trees.
Viewing glasses are safe if they’re made in the United States by Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks, TSE or American Paper Optics, according to NASA.