Argh, my eyes! or why don't we look at an eclipse.
March 19, 2009 9:08 PM Subscribe
BlindedByTheLightFilter: You aren't supposed to look at an eclipse directly because you can damage your eyes without knowing it. Is that because you aren't supposed to look at the sun directly ever, though you might be tempted to do so by an eclipse; or is there something especially insidious about the effect of looking at an eclipse on one's eyes?
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Side note: as a child, I was a bit of a hypochondriac, and, when there was an eclipse - even a partial one - I would be terrified of going outside for fear that I would accidentally see the eclipse and my eyes would explode. I am no longer afraid of this, but still curious about the warnings.