First rule of eclipse: Don’t look directly at the sun

Yesterday’s eclipse was a United States only event, starting in Oregon and ending in South  Carolina. In just about every news report leading up to the eclipse, one message was dominant:

SHIELD YOUR EYES

If you’re planning to catch the eclipse — either in totality or even partially — in person, you’ll need a few things to view it safely. Even though an eclipse effectively turns day into night, never look directly at the sun.

Solar eclipses are especially dangerous. Not because of anything special about the light during the eclipse, but because the sudden changes in luminosity can cause retina damage before your eyes have a chance to adapt, or before you have an opportunity to look away.

So, guess what the kopper krusted kook did:

I’ll bet 10 seconds before he did this, Melania said: “Obama says you shouldn’t look directly at the sun.”

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