Safety

Preparation is underway for a safe 2024 total solar eclipse

Communities in the path of totality are expected to see a drastic increase in visitors, which will create traffic and other challenges.

Learn how IU is preparing

Solar Eclipse Viewing Safety

It is very dangerous to look at the sun during an eclipse because the sun outputs more power than our eye can handle, which damages the retina. There are certain methods you should NOT use to view an eclipse:

  • Binoculars
  • Telescopes
  • Any type of glasses or sunglasses
  • Smoked glass
  • Polarizing filters
  • Exposed color film

The best way to protect your eyes is to either view the eclipse indirectly using a pinhole projector, or to view it directly with an eclipse viewer.