Everything you need to know about those eclipse glasses explained

Don't get caught in a scam and even with the glasses on, don't stare at the sun for too long!

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - If you’re planning to watch the Great American Solar Eclipse, you’ll have the have the correct safety wear!

You cannot look up at the sun without protection – it’s like getting a sunburn on your eyes and you could go blind or damage your vision. Solar Eclipse Glasses can be purchased online, but watch out for scammers!

Glasses must meet a special international certification, blocking all but a small fraction of a percentage of the sun’s light out. There are only a handful of manufacturers that meet these standards and much more than a handful of scammers.

Even though the certified glasses are safe to use to view the eclipse, some recommend limiting it to 3 minutes at a time of looking at the sun, intermittently throughout the event.

You can also view the eclipse using a solar viewer or a pinhole viewer or projector.

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