A total lunar eclipse occurred on July 27, 2018. This was the first instance since 2011 that the moon passed by the center of the Earth’s shadow. It was also considered the longest one of its kind in the 21st Century. Unfortunately, it wasn’t visible from North America. The next lunar eclipse is projected to occur around the start of next year.
Eclipses and You
Indeed, eclipses are truly great phenomena that come once or twice a year. Everyone gets excited when they occur, but you need to be careful when witnessing an eclipse. Eye care associates want the public to be informed of the dangers of eclipses to your eyes. So, is it ever safe to look at an eclipse, and if so, which types of eclipses are safest to witness?
Never Look at the Sun During a Solar Eclipse
Remember the total solar eclipse that happened last year over the summer? Many across the United States witnessed this event, in which the moon blocked the whole sun. These rare events are amazing to behold, but your eye doctor warns you: “don’t stare directly at the sun.” When viewing a solar eclipse, observers must use eye protection at all times. Eclipse glasses with proper filters and special eye protection goggles are required when looking at the sky. This is to protect the eyes from the sun’s overwhelming brightness.
It Is Totally Safe to Look at the Sky During a Lunar Eclipse
On the other hand, it is totally safe to look at a lunar eclipse. It is not harmful to watch because the moon’s brightness is a result of the sun’s light reflecting on its surface. What you will see is the moon changing taking on a reddish, copper-toned hue. It is perfectly safe to witness this event with the naked eye, although you can improve the experience with the use of binoculars or a telescope.
The next lunar eclipse will be on January 2019 and will be visible over the United States. This is something you won’t want to miss, so be sure your eyes are at their best by scheduling an optometrist visit at Innovative Eyecare.
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