Dr. Ruth Offers Advice on Safely Viewing the Eclipse: 'No, Don't Look at the Sun Thru a Condom'

A total solar eclipse is expected to be visible on April 8

<p>Michael Kovac/Getty; Getty</p> (L-R) Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Stock image of a total eclipse of the sun

Michael Kovac/Getty; Getty

(L-R) Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Stock image of a total eclipse of the sun

Dr. Ruth Westheimer has hilarious — yet helpful — advice for people interested in viewing April's total solar eclipse.

The sex therapist, 95, shared with her followers on X (formerly known as Twitter) that they can gear up for the April 8 celestial event with the use of "protection."

'I've been urging people to use protection when having sex for decades. So now I want to urge you to use protection for your eyes if you plan on observing the solar eclipse. And, no, don't look at the sun thru a condom but special glasses," Dr. Ruth wrote on Wednesday.

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The "special glasses" Dr. Ruth refers to are solar eclipse glasses that the Planetary Society states are "about 100,000 times darker than ordinary sunglasses and block nearly all visible light as well as all infrared and ultraviolet light" due to their black polymer material.

Solar eclipse glasses are a must, as NASA warns that "viewing any part of the bright Sun" without glasses that have a "special-purpose solar filter" will "instantly cause severe eye injury." The agency has also released a map highlighting the U.S. cities that are in the eclipse's path of totality.

<p>Getty</p> Stock image of a woman looking through solar eclipse glasses


Stock image of a woman looking through solar eclipse glasses

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PEOPLE recently spoke with Erica Cartmill, a professor of anthropology, animal behavior, and cognitive science at Indiana University, about ways to assist pet owners in prepping their animals for the total solar eclipse.

"The most likely response is animals starting their evening routines and showing evening behaviors. If you have a dog or a cat, they might go to bed, get quieter, or start yawning and stretching," she said.

The professor explained that a solar eclipse is "sort of like dropping a little slice of night into the middle of the day. So they might just act as if it is nighttime."

<p>Getty</p> Stock image of a North American total eclipse


Stock image of a North American total eclipse

Apart from the upcoming celestial event, Dr. Ruth has also been vocal about aging.

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After turning 95 last June, she shared with PEOPLE, "I never gave any thought to will I make it or not. Right now, I'm here. Luckily for me, I have a very good sense of humor. And in the Jewish tradition it says that if you teach with humor, the students will remember what you talked about."

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