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Most welding goggles are not safe for watching the solar eclipse [Video]

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Most welding goggles are not strong enough to keep your eyes safe during a total solar eclipse. ISO-certified eclipse glasses provide better protection.

Millions of people are preparing to watch the upcoming total solar eclipse that will pass over parts of the United States, Mexico and Canada on Monday, April 8, 2024.

It’s exciting to watch these rare celestial events, but looking directly into the sun can damage your eyes. That’s why wearing special-purpose solar filters, like ISO-certified eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers, is the safest way to watch the eclipse.

But what should you do if you don’t have any eclipse glasses on hand on April 8?

Multiple VERIFY readers, including Ronald, asked if it’s safe to wear welding goggles during a total solar eclipse.

THE QUESTION

Is it safe to wear welding goggles during a total solar eclipse?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

Most welding goggles are not strong enough to protect your eyes during a total solar eclipse.

WHAT WE FOUND

All of our sources agree …

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