Are you experiencing solar eclipse mania like everyone else on the planet? If you plan on viewing the eclipse today, you may want to read some of the warnings first.

If you plan on viewing the solar eclipse today, you certainly aren't alone. However, safety should always be a concern. The eclipse could be a very cool experience but here's a story of a man who didn't have the greatest one.

According to The Washington Post, back in 1962, Lou Tomososki was outside during an eclipse. Fascinated by it, he glanced at it for only a few seconds. Unfortunately, it caused permanent eye damage. To see exactly what can happen to the eyes after just seconds click here.

Partial Solar Eclipse Over Spain
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Even though it will appear to be dark, the ultra violet rays can still damage your retina. Do not look at the eclipse with your naked eyes. Please wear proper eye protection.

Here are a few safety tips from NASA:

  1. Inspect your glasses before use; if scratched or damaged, they are no good.. Read and follow any instructions on the package
  2. Supervise children using solar eclipse glasses.
  3. Cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the sun. Do not remove them while looking directly at the sun.
  4. Do use an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device to watch the eclipse