Thursday, 14 December, 2017

White House: Trump will watch eclipse with first lady

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And aside from remembering not to cauterize your smart phone camera's sensors, one of the most important (and obvious) pleas made by experts is to not look directly into the solar eclipse with your naked, unprotected eyeballs.

President Donald Trump points to the sun as he viewed the solar eclipse.

Looking directly at the sun can cause permanent eye damage, the symptoms of which can take a few days to show up. "The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses"'".

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will skip the Kennedy Center Honors, one of the nation's highest-profile events honoring performing artists, after some awardees threatened to boycott a pre-ceremony reception at the White House.

Observers in Washington, D.C., will see a partial eclipse, which is expected to hit its peak at 2:42 p.m.

The last time the contiguous United States saw a total solar eclipse was February 26, 1979, when the path of totality only crossed the Pacific Northwest. The next annual solar eclipse will be on October 14, 2023, but will not be visible to all of the continental U.S.

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