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