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Oh, come on, like nobody snuck a peek on the eclipse without the glasses? You must be truly old if you weren’t even tempted. 


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  1. I wasn’t able to get a pair of eclipse glasses. Other than checking for clouds, I’m too paranoid about the eye damage.


  2. I did but only through thick evergreens and not while the eclipse was at its peak – and it was just 2 tiny peeks, indirect. Enough to make sure the sun was looking brighter than usual, which it was despite the surrounding dimness.


  3. Fie upon this quiet life on said:

    I was looking for the sun because it was behind a cloud, but as soon as I found it, I didn’t look straight at it without protection again. I, too, was paranoid about the eye damage it could cause. I already have pretty bad eyes, so I really need to protect them from foolish irreparable damage.


  4. Dreidel on said:

    There will be a number of people with permanent eye damage due to this eclipse — there always are, every time one occurs.

    It’s a joke, until several days after the eclipse when you suddenly have a permanent blind spot in your central vision that won’t ever go away.


    • “people with permanent eye damage due to this eclipse”

      I think the operative words here are peak vs stare. When I saw the 1999 eclipse I did manage a few squinty peaks (second or two) while the totality phase was approaching and also during the totality phase itself. Permanent eye damage has yet to appear so it’s still a joke.

      Of course some idiots will stare for long periods of time, there’s no curing stupid, as they say.


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