A chart of all the people who didn't listen to Nasa during the solar eclipse

Louis Dor
Tuesday 22 August 2017 10:30
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On Monday a solar eclipse swept across America, and many enthusiasts across the country flocked to view it.

In fact, the path of totality was nicely reflected in traffic on roads, according to a popular mapping subreddit:

Nasa tried very hard to warn people not to look directly into the eclipse:

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as 'eclipse glasses' or hand-held solar viewers.

Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight.

Sadly, many refused to listen, including the President of the United States.

In fact, Google Trends tells a tale of its own.

Here's a chart submitted to a data subreddit:

Yes, it's time to weep for the most arrogant of humanity, who have ruined their eyes.

Picture: Getty Images, edited by indy100(Getty Images, edited by indy100)

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