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Safe viewing of rare solar eclipse


August 17, 2017

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On Aug. 21, we will experience a phenomenon that comes around only once every 100 years or so, a solar eclipse visible in Cheney. While this may be neat to see, don't look at it unless you have the proper safety lenses that block out the sun's deadly rays.

The reason is because the sun's intensity when viewed directly, even for a few seconds, can not only make vision painful; they can also permanently blind you. It's because the eye focuses light like a magnifying glass onto the back of the eye. The sun's rays are so powerful that this focused light burns tissue just like a sunburn on skin...

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