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The Second Most Unwise Act this Saturday: Capturing Solar Eclipse Photos with Your Phone

It’s no secret that smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives. However, this addiction sometimes leads people to put themselves in dangerous situations while using their phones. Many have lost their lives while taking selfies or texting and driving. With the upcoming ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse in the US, you might be tempted to capture the event on your phone or view it through your device. But, for the safety of your phone’s camera and your own well-being, it’s best to refrain from doing so.

Looking directly at the sun during a solar eclipse is the most dangerous thing you can do. This can cause permanent damage to your eyes, so it’s important to use expert-approved solar eclipse glasses. Even the darkest sunglasses do not provide sufficient protection from the harmful UV rays.

But what about your phone? Can you simply point it at the sun and take a photo? Unfortunately, that’s not a good idea. Your phone’s camera lenses are not capable of filtering out the extreme solar rays, which can cause them to melt. The lens will concentrate the sunlight and potentially damage the camera.

Professional photographers who capture photos of the eclipse use special filters to protect their cameras and eyes from the harmful rays of the sun. If you really want to take photos of the eclipse using your phone, you’ll need to purchase special solar filters. However, it’s important to note that pictures taken from an average smartphone might not turn out as well since the sun will be too bright for the camera, resulting in overexposed images.

Above all else, it is crucial to prioritize your safety by wearing solar glasses. Stay safe during this incredible celestial event!

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