Use your iPhone or iPad to safely view today’s solar eclipse

“Our friends at Vox made a handy eclipse-watching tool that tells you exactly when you should be outside to see the action,” The Verger reports.

Just type your zip code into the tool “to see what time to watch and what your eclipse will look like,” The Verge reports. “Just make sure you don’t look at the Sun without the proper safety equipment.”

Lifehacker reports that Apple says you won’t damage your iPhone cameras by pointing them at the eclipse.

So, just turn your back to the sun, put your iPhone or iPad on selfie mode and watch the eclipse over your shoulder on your iPhone or iPad.

Your iPhone’s and iPad’s main (rear) cameras are much better quality than their selfie cams, so, if you want to take regular photo you can try that, just use the iPhone/iPad’s screen to view, don’t look directly at the sun!

The “What time is the eclipse?” tool is here.


        1. Wrong. When the eclipse is TOTAL, you can look at it. But, not before or after totality, and certainly not somewhere that has only a partial eclipse.
          Here’s what NASA says on that:
          “There is a misunderstanding being circulated that during a total solar eclipse when the moon has fully blocked the light from the sun, that there are still harmful ‘rays’ that can injure your eyes. This is completely false. When the bright photosphere of the sun is completely covered, only the faint light from the corona is visible, and this radiation is too weak to have any harmful effects on the human retina.
          The misunderstanding comes about because of using the general term ‘solar eclipse’ to describe both the total phase when the sun disk is completely blocked, and the minutes before and after totality when there is still some of the sun’s disk visible. It is harmful to view even a sliver of the sun disk because of its intensity, and so to simply say that you should not view a solar eclipse is rather inaccurate.”

  1. I remember as a kid intentionally staring at the sun for 10-15 seconds just to see if I could stand it. Quite hard to do actually as your reflex is to turn away. But I did it.

    Smart? Definitely not. But I did little if any permanent damage – at least nothing noticable many decades later. Having said that I am in no way recommending that anyone actually do this.

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