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Total solar eclipse and sun Corona, on March 9 2016 in Indonesia

Source: Tristan Savatier / Getty

We’re counting down to the time of the #TotalEclipse and here is your last minute check list of what to do, and what not to do, before heading out to watch the eclipse.



  • ALWAYS use your solar filters or “eclipse glasses” for viewing a partially eclipsed sun.
  • Check your eclipse glasses for damage. (i.e. scratches, holes, rips, tears, etc.)
  • Keep an eye on kids who are viewing the eclipse.
  • Put on your eye protection BEFORE looking at the sun.
  • If you have traveled to the path of totality you can remove your glasses once the sun is completely covered and it’s dark outside. Once the sun reappears, put your eye protection back on.
  • If you’re outside the path of totality you must keep your eclipse glasses on the entire time.


  • Don’t use homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses for viewing the eclipse, these lenses will transmit a very unsafe and dangerous amount of sunlight.
  • Don’t remove your eclipse glasses while looking at the sun
  • Don’t look at the sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical devices without an approved filter.
  •  Do not look at the sun through the items mentioned above while you’re wearing eclipse glasses. This concentrates the suns rays and will damage your eye protection and your eyes.
  • If you use a solar filter with any telescope, camera, binoculars, etc. make sure the filter is on the FRONT.