Eyeballs are better than 3-ton telescope when viewing eclipse


In anticipation of the solar eclipse, the Metro Public Health Department handed out 500 pairs of free safety glasses on Tuesday.

Nashville is the biggest city in the path of the total eclipse on Aug. 21, which will be happening in the continental U.S. for the first time since 1918.

Health officials warn that viewing the sun with the naked eye could cause permanent damage to the retina. Experts say this could happen within seconds of staring at the sun.

The glasses were handed out at the Lentz Public Health Center on a first-come, first-served basis. They were all gone by 11:45 a.m.

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