The only observing done by astronomers that is dangerous is observing the sun. You should never look at the sun without proper solar filters. Astronomers use filters for our telescopes and binoculars that filter out 99.999 percent of the sunlight to make it safe. Do not use other techniques. Your eyes are too valuable to damage them by not using proper filters. If you have questions about what to use, come ask us at the observatory. One option is solar eclipse glasses. They have special filters in them to make viewing safe. We have a pair for those who visit on public night.
The observatory will be open for the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. To see Jupiter and other wonders of the night sky, visit the Insperity Observatory on public night (except for cloudy nights), on the first Friday of each month from sunset to 10 pm: humbleisd.net/observatory.
By Dr. Aaron B. Clevenson
Observatory Director, Insperity Observatory
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