The One Time We All Looked at the Sun

Aug. 21, 2017, was not your average “I don’t want to go back to work” kind of Monday. This Monday was a memorable one because of the eclipse that everyone was watching and talking about. Now I’m not talking about the Twilight Saga eclipse with Bella and Edward, this one’s the real deal.

This was the first time the U.S. experienced a solar eclipse in 38 years! According to NASA, a solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. The moon then covers the entire sun creating a shadow, giving earth a few minutes of darkness.

To watch the sky go dark, it is required to wear special glasses to prevent hurting your eyes when looking at the sun.

Of course, not everyone got the chance to get a pair, so instead what did you do? Did you find yourself searching up ways to look at the solar eclipse? Let’s be honest, curiosity always strikes at the worst times.

It’s not often that people worry about looking at the sun, but I realized that when they do, it’s all at once. Data found on Google Trends show that on the day of the solar eclipse many people wanted to take precautions and give their eyes some extra attention than usual.

It’s funny seeing what a kind of things a big event, such as the solar eclipse makes people search. Going blind for example, and having your eyes hurt because maybe you “accidentally” looked at the sun. Then again, who can blame us? For some, this event was a once in a lifetime.

 

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