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2017 Eclipse Blog / FAQ

Using a MIRROR Safer??

John Pluntze asked 4 months ago

I’ve HEARD, anyway, that the safest/best way to view the upcoming total solar eclipse is to have your BACK to the sun and to view the eclipse using a MIRROR? Is this, indeed, true?? And also when it is recommended you put your eclipse glasses on (and then off for, after it’s over). A MINUTE before and then a MINUTE after, or what??
–John (Ketchum, IDAHO)

1 Answers
Admin Staff answered 4 months ago

This is absolutely NOT a good way to view the eclipse.  You will blind yourself.  The reflected Sun is JUST as bright and dangerous as staring directly at it.  Please do not do this.
You use the eclipse glasses to safely view the partial phases.  You use them any time you look at the Sun, until the eclipse is total and then you take them off to view totality.  You use them once again any time you view the Sun after totality.
We have instructions here:

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