President Stares at Sun Without Glasses

22 August, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Ray Cooper volunteer for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry preps his equipment to provide live video of the Aug. 21 2017 solar eclipse at the state fairgrounds in Salem Ore. Sunday Aug. 20 2017

"The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses"'".

Apparently, President Donald Trump thought all these stories were #FakeNews.

Then he tilted his head upward and pointed up, prompting a White House aide standing beneath the balcony to shout "don't look", according to the White House press pool.

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Donald Trump has been caught looking at the solar eclipse without special glasses, despite all expert advice saying this practice is risky. If they're damaged, the cells that make up your retinas can't heal.

Although Trump only looked at the sun protection-free for a short period of time, it didn't slip past social media users, who quickly shared their incredulity at the president's decision.

Unfortunately, the President of the United States was unable to follow these clear guidelines for enjoying the great conjunction of the spheres. 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.

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The last visible full solar eclipse happened in 1979 when Jimmy Carter was the sitting president.

When it comes to witnessing the natural grandeur that is a total solar eclipse, there are a number of things to keep in mind.

First Daughter and presidential advisor Ivanka Trump was also preparing to watch the eclipse on Monday.

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