Solar Eclipse Safety 101

Follow these guidelines to ensure a safe eclipse-viewing experience

Use protective “eclipse glasses”

  • The only safe way to look at a solar eclipse is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses.” Other alternative lenses such as homemade filters, sunglasses are NOT safe. For more information on which glasses are official, visit NASA’s guide.
  • Before using your “eclipse glasses,” make sure to check them for scratches or other damages. In addition, follow any instructions listed on the filter’s package.
  • Do not put on or remove your glasses while looking at the sun. While turning away from the eclipse, place the glasses on. When removing glasses, make sure to turn completely away from the sun as well.
  • While you have the “eclipse glasses” on, do not look through any other optical device such as cameras, telescopes or binoculars. The filter will be damaged by the concentrated solar ray, which could cause serious injury.

Camera and Telescope Use

  • Do not look through the eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope or other device.

Please visit NASA’s 2017 Solar Eclipse Safety list for further instruction.


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