Both dangerous and awe-ful, amazing and still able to blind you if not careful - the first TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN since 2006 is headed our way for August 1st.
The above partial eclipse was made using metal-covered glass solar filters. Gazing at the Sun, eclipse or not, is dangerous but more so at the time of an eclipse, as you're prone to keep gazing for a length of time you wouldn't normally do. That's how the optical damage occurs.
More than a billion people will get to see a bite taken out of the Sun that day. From sunrise on the northeastern fringes of North America, to sunset in China, Korea and Southeast Asia, a partial eclipse of the Sun sweeps across a wide area of the world. But there's more, of course.
Remember February's lunar eclipse, phases shown above? We'll also be getting a PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE later in August. The shadow of the Earth will be cast onto the moon once again, visible.
Heads up in August.