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I was driving home from my parents' house into the setting sun.  The sun was in That Place where it is below the visor and you can't do anything to block it except to hold up a hand or try really hard not to look that way, which is difficult if you are headed west. 

I didn't mind tonight because it gave me a great view of the partial solar eclipse.  I could see the disc of the moon obscuring the lower third of the sun.  I knew the eclipse was tonight, but did not have high expectations of being able to see anything.  As I said, I was trying really hard not to look.  I know that one should never try to observe a solar eclipse directly.  However, I have had the full setting sun in my eyes on that drive home on more than one occasion.  I am sure my eyes are no worse off than they would have been on any other drive home at that hour. 

The view was best when seen through the trees.  (It didn't hurt as much.)  I didn't get any pictures, but I have the image burned into my retinas.

Date: 2012-05-21 12:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zitronenhai.livejournal.com
Current science does tell us that the sun's rays are no worse for our eyes during an eclipse than they are at any other time. We'll all be dead one day.

Date: 2012-05-21 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pamelonian.livejournal.com
My eyes were going to be damaged anyway driving into the setting sun. I was happy to have an eclipse on my retinas to show for it!

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