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‘Never look directly at the Sun’- PAGASA warns of blindness risk from sunspot

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The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issues a stern reminder to the public that direct observation of sunspots can lead to irreversible blindness.

Sunspots, according to PAGASA are dark patches on the Sun’s surface caused by concentrated magnetic fields, and are vital elements of the solar cycle, occurring roughly every 11 years.

Despite their natural occurrence, PAGASA emphasizes the imperative to never look directly at the Sun without adequate protection. Such exposure can result in severe eye damage.

“Although sunspots may seem worrisome, they are simply a natural aspect of the Sun’s behavior. While they can impact technological systems like satellites and communication networks, their effects are manageable,” stated PAGASA in the advisory.

They encourage the use of approved solar filters specifically designed for safe solar viewing to safeguard the public against sunspot risk.

Justin Aguilar

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