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Eclipse Q&A with Bill Nye - Do I need special eclipse glasses?

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Seeing a solar eclipse is a very special experience, but it's important that you do it safely with solar eclipse glasses. More eclipse info:


“Hey, Bill, what kind of eye protection do I need?”

The eclipse will be beautiful, but looking right at the Sun for seconds and minutes on end will damage your eyes. Regular sunglasses and other types of tinted plastic or glass are not strong enough to protect your eyes even when the Sun is partially covered by the Moon. You should only use special-purpose solar filters to look at the Sun like these eclipse viewing glasses, which I just happen to have with me.

Just remember to take them off when you're done because it really is so dark, you can't see anything with them on. See what I mean?

It's going to be a totally awesome total eclipse. We'll see you out there.