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5 things not to do during the solar eclipse

DENVER — There is plenty to see and experience during Monday’s total solar eclipse. Especially if you are going to experience it from within the path of totality in Wyoming or Nebraska.

There are five big things some experts say should not be done during the eclipse as compiled by Forbes Magazine.

Don’t waste time photographing it

The actual time of totality is very short and you won’t get a chance to see it again for years. Besides, seasoned eclipse photographers will produce great pictures of the event. Only you get the first-person experience.

People gather during total solar eclipse in Palembang city on March 9, 2016 in Palembang, South Sumatra province, Indonesia. Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Do not leave eclipse glasses on during totality, but only if you are in the path of totality

As soon as you cannot see the sun through eclipse glasses, take them off. Only do this if you are watching from within the path of totality.

People look through eclipse viewing glasses, telescopes or photo cameras an annular solar eclipse, on September 1, 2016, in Saint-Louis, on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. Photo credit: RICHARD BOUHET/AFP/Getty Images

Stop viewing the eclipse through binoculars and telescopes before totality ends

You could be permanently blinded if you look at the sun through binoculars or telescopes, even for just a split second.

Also, put eclipse glasses back on as soon as totality ends.

A woman watches a partial solar eclipse through a telescope at a sports field at the National University of Singapore in Singapore on March 9, 2016. Photo credit: ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images

Don’t rely just on your eyes

Pay attention to what’s happening around you as well.

  • The temperature will drop
  • Nocturnal animals might emerge
  • Street lamps light up
  • Birds fall silent

Don’t do just one thing exclusively

Take in the sun’s active corona, the entire sky, the stars and planets, and the shadowed, dark Earth before totality ends.

Remember, eclipse viewing glasses with solar filters and ISO 12312-2 certification are the only safe way to look directly at the sun.

An astronomer talks about what it’s like to experience a total eclipse.

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