Can a Solar Eclipse Really Blind You?

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Can a Solar Eclipse Really Blind You?

"Research also suggests that while a lot of the damage may heal, some may be permanent. One 1995 study followed 58 patients who sustained eye damage after viewing a 1976 eclipse in Turkey. Healing occurred during the first month after the eclipse, the researchers reported in the journal Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, but by 18 months, whatever damage remained was permanent up to 15 years later."

How to Check your Solar Glasses?

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How can you tell if your solar viewer is not safe? 
You shouldn't be able to see anything through a safe solar filter except the Sun itself or something comparably bright, such as the Sun reflected in a mirror, a sunglint off shiny metal, the hot filament of an unfrosted incandescent light bulb, a bright halogen light bulb, a bright-white LED bulb (including the flashlight on your smartphone), a bare compact fluorescent (CFL) bulb, or an arc-welding torch. All such sources (except perhaps the welding torch) should appear quite dim through a solar viewer. If you can see shaded lamps or other common household light fixtures (not bare bulbs) of more ordinary brightness through your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer, and you're not sure the product came from a reputable vendor, it’s no good. Safe solar filters produce a view of the Sun that is comfortably bright (like the full Moon), in focus, and surrounded by dark sky. If you glance at the Sun through …

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History behind the Dunkirk Movie

Dunkirk is an intense, moving historical event as seen through several character's eyes from air to sea. As always, once I see a war movie, I want to know how accurate the events were played out by the Director, Christopher Nolan.

This article does justice to explaining the background to such an amazing time in history and one that could have caused a completely different outcome for World War II.

Article by Olivia B. Waxman at Time

The story of the World War II evacuation at Dunkirk — the subject of Christopher Nolan's well reviewed new film — starts well before the men who were part of one of the most famous events in modern British history reached the beach.

It starts in May 10, 1940, with a surprise German blitzkrieg bombarding Holland and the French-Belgian border with air raids, parachute drops and ground attacks. The move came as a surprise to the Allied forces, who had thought any German attack would come at the Maginot Line, a fortification along the French-German bord…