Yes, you can cause eye damage if you look directly at it.
People are getting ready for the total eclipse today, something that won’t happen again until 2024 in the United States.
Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park says the solar eclipse will be visible from 9:07 am until 11:45 a.m. with the maximum point of visibility in San Diego at 10:23 am.
Go East to See Eclipse Today
There are a few things you should know before going outside to witness this celestial phenomenon.
Astronomer at University of Colorado Boulder Dr. Doug Duncan offers the following details:
You’ll have to travel to see the full eclipse
While much of the country will see a partial eclipse (at least 75 percent of the sun obscured by the moon), the total eclipse will only be visible in a 70-mile-wide path extending from Oregon to South Carolina.
It’s a slow process…
Once the moon starts passing in front of the sun, it will take more than an hour for the moon to move directly in front of the sun.
…but blink and you might miss it!
The portion of the eclipse in which the moon totally obscures the sun only lasts about two minutes. Duncan says it will be the “shortest two minutes of your life.”
Eye protection is essential
As long as any bit of the sun is still visible, you can risk damaging your eyes by staring at the eclipse. You can buy special dark glasses made specifically for looking at eclipses, but you can also use a pinhole cut in a piece of card or paper to project the eclipse onto another piece of paper.
It’s a strange sight that’s not to be missed
During the total eclipse, the moon will block much of the sun’s light, so it will be noticeably darker and a few degrees cooler. The sudden darkness can make animals behave in strange ways and Duncan says the eclipse also elicits emotional responses from humans – from cheering and celebrating to screaming and crying.
If you miss this year’s total solar eclipse, the next one to cross the United States will be in April 2024, but it will only cross over the eastern portion of the country. Another eclipse in August 2045 will pass directly over Colorado
For more information on the eclipse, head over to the Fiske Planetarium’s website.