Here’s how to watch the eclipse with­out harm­ing your vi­sion

Metro USA (New York) - - News - MEA­GAN MOR­RIS

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.

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