January 15, 2010 8:11am CST
Today I observed a solar eclipse from Bangladesh. There is a myth in our area that it shouldn't be observed with naked eyes. That's why people are afraid to view it with open eyes least they get blind. Everyone uses dark glasses. But accidentally I looked at the Sun and saw the Moon's umbra with my naked eyes and nothing harmful happened to my eyes. Is there any scientific explanation?
15 Jan 10
There is polarised light coming from the Sun, during a Solar Eclipse. Hence it is right to say that it should not be watched with naked eyes. Imust say I am one of the affected, even though I do not remember ever watching a Solar Eclipse with naked eyes. When I see that I have some retinal sensors burnt in that I see some sized letters with my right eye not in a line! The opthalmologist almost always says it must have happened due to my Solar Eclipse through smoked glass or an exposed film instead of a properly designed polarising filter. Well, such things were not available in my childhood days off the shelf, nor were there so many warnings in news papers. We have come a long way.
16 Jan 10
fairmadebillion, We cannot dream of looking at the sun on ordinary days isn't ?Even when there is an eclipse, there is no diminishing the power and heat of the sun.It is only temporarily hidden.So, logicaly too there is no harm in believing that it might affect our eyesight.Gadhisunu has given a very informative answer .
15 Jan 10
yes there is a scientific explaination for this. the suns radiations are sharper during the ecliplse, so watching it with naked eyes can damage your eyes. so everytime you wanna watch sun while solar eclipse,so use any polarising sheets, like x-ray films or such. stay safe ~_^
15 Jan 10
Hi faridmadeabillion. How are you..? Even great scientists have warned that the solar eclipse should not be viewed in naked eyes as the races of the sun with more magnetic power will harm the eye-sight... it is also told that the result is not instant and it may gradually affect the eye sight. Any way you have viewed the eclipse and enjoyed it's appearance..In our place also we have viewed the eclipse with special filter glass... it was very nice to see.. and we are proud to see that it has occurred in our life time.. after a long spell of 108 years. I wish you all the best. WITH BEST WISHES.
15 Jan 10
I missed the solar eclipse this afternoon. I took a nap and forgot to see it. I feel sorry for myself that I did not witness such great view. I hope to see it next time. when you look to the sun naked eyes, you let UV and IR radiation harm your eyes. It can cause permanent eye damage or severe visual loss. Just use proper observing methods to avoid it.