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Eclipse safety

If you're thinking of stepping outside to take in the beauty of an eclipse, you'll need to take precautions.

Officials say the most important thing to do --- is DO NOT look directly at the sun.

Gazing at the sun without appropriate filters may lead to so-called "eclipse blindness," a serious eye injury that can cause a temporary or permanent damage to vision.

Sunglasses, no matter how dark, are not safe for viewing a solar eclipse.

One way to watch it safely is use glasses equipped with special solar filters

There are some old tricks to viewing indirectly, like punching a hole in cardboard and projecting the light seeping through it onto a surface away from the sun.

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