Dangers of the Eclipse

I think we all know that it’s not a great idea to look directly at the sun.  More importantly though – it is a terrible idea to look directly at the sun.  Don’t do it.  If you want to watch the eclipse live there are other options than going blind.  Some of you may think that having a look won’t hurt during the eclipse today.  Those lies about the sun irreversibly damaging your retina in as little as sixty seconds?  That’s just fake new meant to scare everyone, right?  Well, the folks over at Ars Technica dug a little deeper and went to a more credible source than your Facebook news feed.  You may have already guessed what they found – pointing your unprotected eyeballs at the sun even during the eclipse can damage your retina irreversibly.

Eclipse Live Stream

NASA Twitter Post

Now that the fun stuff is out of the way – NASA has us covered.  Middle GA will have an opportunity to see a partial eclipse but we are not in the optimal path to get the full effect.  The moon will not completely cover the sun’s core from our viewing area.  We will see something like 75% coverage here in Macon.  Are you stuck at work like me?  Weren’t able to mortgage the house to pick up a few pair of eclipse viewing glasses?  You’re in luck.  NASA will be live-streaming the entire event from both ground and sky with a special pre-show beginning at 12 pm EST.  You can get more information at NASA’s site or go ahead and tune-in to the Youtube channel.

 

 

Eclipse Path for Georgia

Eclipse Path 2017

Credit: http://www.eclipsewise.com

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