Parents who will watch the solar eclipse Monday with young children should practice using the viewing device before the event, NASA recommends.
“It is important for children to gain experience in using these observing aids safely when there is no rush to observe the eclipse,” a panel of science educators wrote in their advice on how to watch the eclipse with young children.
NASA also recommends that parents ensure that their children do not look directly at the sun except with approved eclipse glasses or other solar viewers.
Looking directly at the sun, even during a partial eclipse, can burn the retinas. Teens and children are more likely to suffer solar retinopathy, damage to the retinas, since their eyes haven’t completely matured.
At 2:44 p.m. today, the Triangle will experience the height of a partial eclipse, with up to 93 percent of the sun blocked— some might not even notice it’s happening. Viewers can save their glasses to watch the next solar eclipse in North America, which will be in April 2024, according to NASA. It will track from Texas to Maine.
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