Axe Valley Academy

Eclipse - 20th March 2015 - Viewing Safely

There are important safety considerations that we need to advise students of. Please see below.

Failure to follow these could result in permanent and incurable solar burns to their eyes. Inadvertently glancing at the Sun Рeven briefly Рcan lead to burns at the back of eye.


  • Never look at the Sun directly without protective eye gear. Even sunglasses cannot protect your eyes from the damage the Sun’s rays can do to them.
  • Always keep your back towards the Sun while looking at a pinhole projection.
  • Do not look at the Sun through the pinhole
  • Do not use a smartphone as eye experts warn that people may look directly at the Sun as they position themselves for selfies or other shots.


We would encourage students to bring in protective eye gear that is specifically for viewing solar eclipses. Alternatively, students may wish to make a simple pinhole projector and bring this to school. For details on how to make one try the following web site: