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POTUS' bare gaze at the Sun trumps total solar eclipse

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POTUS' bare gaze at the Sun trumps total solar eclipse Total Solar Eclipse | Photo: NASA

One can now almost bet on Trump for two things - that he will entertain you and that his reaction to a situation will be the most comical, out-of-place, and stupendous one. So, what does Trump do when there is a total solar eclipse.

Ever since primary school, every science class taught us not to glare straight at the Sun during a total solar eclipse as it could harm the eye. As the world, especially the United States, eagerly awaited to witness a total solar eclipse on Monday which was dubbed the 'Great American Eclipse,' various agencies including NASA did their part to spread awareness about safe-watching.

During the total eclipse, the sun's disk can be seen as a moon's silhouette. According to the website Sciencing.com, “the darkness that accompanies an eclipse can override the natural tendency to squint and avert the eyes, increasing the amount of ultraviolet radiation landing on the retina and making it more likely that you'll sustain eye damage.”

The phenomenon was visible across North America with a stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina being able to view the total eclipse. President Donald Trump also took part in the eclipse-gazing from a White House balcony along with first lady Melania Trump. Both the POTUS and the FLOTUS were seen gazing at the sun wearing cardboard eclipse glasses. At one point, Trump took off his glasses and looked at the sun with his bare eyes.

Well, Louis Tomososki from Oregon wouldn't agree with the president on this matter anyway. Tomososki watched a partial solar eclipse in 1963, when he was a 16-year-old boy with his naked eye for some 20 seconds. He and his friend immediately felt an irritation in their eyes. An eye examination done later told them that they had permanently damaged their retina. He had attempted a viewing of Monday's eclipse and cautioned people against watching the eclipse without protection through local media.

Eclipse enthusiasts and experts across the world were clearly not pleased with the president's act which, they fear, would set a wrong example.

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The opinions expressed here do not reflect those of Malayala Manorama. Legal action under the IT Act will be taken against those making derogatory and obscene statements.

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