Here’s Why Scientists Are Telling People To Wear Red And Green During The Total Solar Eclipse

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A lot of cool things are about to happen next Monday… Oh you didn’t know?

There’s going to be a total solar eclipse that will come across the United States; so we hope you have your glasses ready because remember, you CANNOT look at a solar eclipse without protecting your eyes first with certified glasses.

And if you are lucky enough to be in the path of totality, we can only guess that you’re planning on watching this unique celestial event unfold because number who wouldn’t, and number two, the U.S. won’t see another total solar eclipse for another 20 years!

So you can definitely say that this encounter, is something you shouldn’t miss out on!

Now along with your glasses, scientists are saying that you should also wear red or green colored clothing on the day of the event.

And I’m sure you’re asking “How does the color of my clothing affect the total solar eclipse?”

Well it doesn’t, but it WILL effect how our eyes see certain colors around us as soon as the sky turns dark from the moon blocking the sun!

It’s called the Purkinje effect, which will make the red clothing on our backs appear dark and muted, while any green colored clothing will stay vibrant.

Now how cool is that?!

But let’s take a deeper dive into that.

It was Czech anatomist Jan Evangelista Purkyně who realized that certain colors appear different at dawn versus during the bright afternoon sun, which made him theorize that the naked eye, must have two systems to see colors!

And since the sky will quickly darken during the peak of the total solar eclipse, are eyes will have a short amount of time to get used to the sudden darkness which in return, will make the red colors around us appear much darker than what we’re used too.

Oh, and you can also count on any green colors surrounding you to be incredibly vibrant and bright.

Hence the suggestion to wear specific colored clothing when you venture outside to watch the total solar eclipse with I repeat, CERTIFIED. SUNGLASSES. to protect your eyes!

The total solar eclipse will take over our bright blue sky on April the 8th!

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