The dark side of the sun (or moon)
There’s been lotsa hype about this total solar eclipse that will take place near me, so I’m preparing myself for utter disappointment. I’m not sure what the big deal is. The moon covers the sun. It’ll be dark during the day. Like 92.5% dark. It’s not a total, total eclipse here.
So, it’ll be like I’m working night shift for 2 minutes. There’s a total eclipse in my baby’s room, 24 hours a day. I can’t get him to sleep without blackout curtains.
But, I can’t figure out why it’s so fascinating. Why is everyone buying glasses to look at the sun when it will be completely dark? And, how long does it take for someone to go blind looking at the sun without these glasses? That’s pretty fascinating to me. And is that even true? Or is this just like a NASA scare tactic?
Don’t look at the sun or you’ll go blind!!!!!
Sounds just like when my mom told me not to run with a pencil because I would poke my eye out. How many times has that even happened?
I’m predicting this extra eclipse hype will bring extra eclipse lawsuits when some glasses sold weren’t NASA approved and people end up blind. Is it instantaneous? I’m looking, I’m looking, boom, blind! Or, I’m looking, I’m looking, I’m looking, I walk away, 2 hours later, blind. If the later, would that be considered the blind leading the blind?
I need to go look up the statistics on how many people end up blind after a total solar eclipse. And then I need to research when the next total solar eclipse is, so I can buy stock in solar eclipse glasses.