Viewing my Facebook feed today, my local news station posted regarding a solar eclipse taking place today:
Note the line about using a leafy tree as a filter:
Scientists say NOT to directly look at the sun (if skies are clearing where you are), but looking at the eclipse through a leafy tree creates a natural filter!
I've heard a lot of people recommend viewing a solar eclipse by looking at the projection of the eclipse caused by light passing between leaves in a tree, in this case looking at the ground or a wall, where ever the light hits after passing through the tree. However, the Facebook posting here seems to recommend looking up at the solar eclipse through the tree.
I suspect that they have misunderstood the projection method (or inadequately explained), and their advice is not only wrong, but potentially dangerous.
Is this method recommendable? Should it be considered dangerous?
Almost immediately upon having seen the posting I had commented on it noting my belief that such advice could be dangerous, including a more clear explanation of how viewing using trees should be done. The staff member who originally posted the status later took note of this and edited the status to less ambiguously explain viewing the projection. Unfortunately, this was done after the solar eclipse had concluded. Hopefully no damage was done.