PHOTOS: Solar Eclipse Seen Around the World August 1

PHOTOS: Solar Eclipse Seen Around the World August 1, 2008
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Using a special filter, a man observes a partial solar eclipse in Riga, Latvia on August 1, 2008.

Such filters or special glasses are required for eye safety when directly viewing solar eclipses. Tom Burns, an observatory director in Ohio, has heard of people trying to view eclipses through sunglasses, compact discs, or—surprisingly—Pop Tart bags.

"The only time it's safe to observe an eclipse through a Pop Tart bag is if the Pop Tart is still in it," he told National Geographic News.

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