My Eyes Still Hurt From the Solar Eclipse

On August 21st, the country stopped what it was doing to go outside and looked up to the sky. Some, however, were careless enough to ignore the one and only rule of solar eclipse viewing: don’t look at it directly. The sun, naturally, is the most powerful source of power in the solar system not to mention extremely bright. One can only imagine the repercussions of staring directly at it for several seconds straight. According to a Livescience.com article “Man Who Suffered Eye Damage from Solar Eclipse Has This Warning” a man named Louis Tomosoki, 70 year old man from Portland, Oregon warned people of the dangers.

   In 1963, when he was 16, he viewed the solar eclipse without protection. It only took a couple of seconds of looking at the alluring site for a blind spot in his right eye to soon appear. Still, even if scientist warn people of the danger, people are still going to view eclipses blindly, including our one and only president. So next solar eclipse, in 2024 be sure to proceed with caution and protect your eyeballs.

   One freshman in our school, Matty Bergamo, says she went to South Carolina specifically to see it. South Carolina being one of the states where the total solar eclipse was fully visible. Another, waited for minutes looking towards the sky, but much to their disappointment, missed it completely.

     The summer of 2017 was an eventful couple of months for politics, science, and frankly, the world— from protests in Charlottesville to the transgender ban in the military and the very anticipated solar eclipse, which was viewed across the country. Whether you took a vacation across the country, went on a cruise across the Caribbean, or just stayed at home on bed for the duration of the months, we were all brought together by the spectacle that was the solar eclipse.

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