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Here's How You Can Watch a Solar Eclipse Without Messing Up Your Eyes

As the Great American Solar Eclipse approaches, NASA says that with the right information, skywatchers can safely view the total solar eclipse in its full glory with the naked eye.

The path of the total solar eclipse of 2017. Locations within the path of totality will experience up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds of darkness. | NASA
This image from NASA shows that the only time it is safe to remove your eye protection during a total solar eclipse is when the disk of the sun is entirely covered by the moon. | NASA
This composite image captures close to what the human eye sees during a total solar eclipse. The ribbons of light are the sun's atmosphere, which is controlled by the magnetic field. | NASA/S. Habbal, M. Druckmüller, and P. Aniol