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Have you ever seen eclipses?

posted Mar 07, 2016 07:08:06 by RedSeol
I heard from news today that there is a solar eclipse coming soon and it will be visible from Indonesia.

I have never seen any eclipses myself and I'd love to see one in my lifetime. I have heard that it is actually possible to see the eclipse without telescope or any other tool, though it is advised to use protection glasses to avoid harm. I have never experienced the side effects of eclipses either, such as problem in electricity. In a sense I hope that I will never experience it, though it is an experience you can't just get anywhere.
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RayOliver said Mar 07, 2016 09:52:13
I saw an eclipse once when I was in high school. Many of the students would just look up without any tool because it only happened for a few minutes and no one wanted to miss it. I used a piece of colored, translucent plastic.
AnthonyMason said Mar 07, 2016 11:09:34
I have always missed them. Every time there was an eclipse, either it was too early and I missed it because I was sleeping, or I only knew about it when it was too late. I also would love to see one.
Sarah W said Mar 07, 2016 17:24:16
I have witnessed several eclipses in my lifetime. Living in the Northern Hemisphere I have been lucky to have both visibility and timing on my side. They are truly amazing to behold, but you do need to take precautions when viewing them. I read an article in the last year or two where a teenager did indeed burn out her retinas from viewing one with the naked eye, so it is not an old wives tale.
RedSeol said Mar 09, 2016 01:01:05
Sarah W, what kind of protection did you wear? RayOliver, did you feel anything different looking at the eclipse via translucent plastic? It is generally advised to use a black sunglasses to see the eclipse although technically it is not the correct tool to protect the eyes. A friend mentioned that she tried looking at the sun using black sunglasses because it was too bright and she managed to see the partial eclipse. I am so envious!
Jaclyn Tome said Jun 18, 2016 02:13:22
I witnessed a solar eclipse when I was around 8 years old. I was in the garden playing when the surroundings became dark; I looked up and saw the strangest sight! My mother promptly told me to avert my gaze but I did take a second look.
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