Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
Science | By Nancy Frank

Trump watches eclipse from White House

Trump watches eclipse from White House

Donald Trump has been caught looking at the solar eclipse without special glasses, despite all expert advice saying this practice is risky.

President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and Barron Trump view the solar eclipse from a balcony of the White House in Washington, DC, Aug. 21, 2017. He squinted as he briefly looked up at the sun.

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President Trump watched the solar eclipse from the White House on August 21. Afterward, at about 2:41 p.m., Trump did put on glasses and gazed up at the sky alongside the first lady and his son Barron for about 90 seconds.

Fortunately for Trump, he quickly looked away from the sun and used proper solar filters to look at the sun more in depth. "As he did so, one of the White House aides standing beneath the Blue Room Balcony shouted 'don't look'".

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Although the Trumps had access to eclipse glasses that allow the wearer to look directly at the sun without literally burning their eyeballs, Trump, uh, just fuckin' went for it.

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According to NASA, "looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse ('totality'), when the moon entirely blocks the sun's bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality".

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