Don't look at the eclipse, but here's how to still watch it

The whole country is abuzz with talk of the solar eclipse later this month. But, there's one major inconvenience with the big celestial event -- no one's supposed to look at it.

So what's the big deal with this eclipse?

Well, for the first time in 100 years, a total solar eclipse will be visible from only the United States. The moon will block the sun and turn daylight into darkness. Of course, as we're sure you've heard, there's a dark side to trying to get a glimpse of the eclipse.

You can burn holes in your retina.

Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Oakland University Eye Research Institute Andrew Goldberg says the retina - the delicate lining in the back of your eye - is like a talented, delicate diva.

"Just do not do it," Goldberg says of looking directly at the eclipse.

So what's the answer? Glasses.

"The safest and easiest way is to just get yourself a set of eclipse glasses," Goldberg says. Take note, though -- eclipse glasses aren't just sunglasses. Eclipse glasses are rated for you to actually look at the sun.

Beware of imposter glasses. When you have the real deal, you won't be able to see a thing but the sun.

Another option is to get crafty and make a pinhole projector. Goldberg shows us how one works in the video player above.

No matter how you see it, this eclipse can change your perspective.

"When you realize you're on a planted that's spinning and swinging around the sun, it gives you perspective and a sense of, well, maybe we're not always the most important thing in the universe," Goldberg says.

To make sure you're doing things right, whether you're buying glasses or making your own projector, NASA has helpful tips on their website. You can read those tips HERE.
 

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