Experts really can’t stress enough how much you absolutely shouldn’t look at today’s solar eclipse without proper eye protection—and maybe not even then.
One of the problems is that during an eclipse, the moon covers enough of the sun to allow it to be viewed without pain, tricking people into thinking it isn’t doing harm. In fact, just a few seconds of looking at a solar eclipse can do lasting damage. The risk of looking at an eclipse is the same as staring at the sun.
And no, regular sunglasses will NOT protect your eyes.
In Southern Ontario, we can expect to see approximately 3/4 of the sun obscured buy the moon, with the sky becoming darkest at about 2:30pm.
The best advice? Let the professionals photograph it, and keep small children and pets indoors and away from a line-of-sight to the eclipse so that they won’t be tempted to look at it.
Better yet, follow along with the eclipse’s progress through this cool app from NASA: