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Tips for safely viewing solar eclipse

By Brad Perry Apr 5, 2024 | 6:27 AM

If you plan on viewing Monday’s solar eclipse, you need to think about protecting your eyes.

That is the message from New Brunswick’s acting chief medical officer of health.

Dr. Yves Léger said you risk damaging your vision if you look at the sun without certified eclipse glasses.

“Wearing regular sunglasses, using your phone or an unfiltered camera will not be good enough: you need certified eclipse glasses,” said Léger.

People are advised to use certified solar eclipse glasses in accordance with ISO 12312-2:2015 and follow the directions that come with the special eyewear.

If you do not have a pair of certified eclipse glasses, there are other ways to view the eclipse safely, such as using a pinhole camera.

The eclipse will begin shortly after 3:20 p.m. and continue until around 5:40 p.m., reaching its peak at around 4:30 p.m. or shortly after.

You can view specific times for your community here.