NASA Warns Against Taking Eclipse Photos With Your Smartphone

Think twice about taking a fast smartphone photo of the solar eclipse on Monday. Most people know not to gaze directly at the eclipse, but cell phone cameras should too.

NASA stated on X that “the phone sensor could be damaged just like any other image sensor if it’s pointed directly at the sun.” You could damage your phone's picture sensor while taking that shot.

NASA notes that employing a magnifying lens attachment puts your phone's sensor at risk. NASA advises “you would need to utilize the proper filters just like on any other camera.”

Taking a picture with your phone isn't impossible. NASA recommends holding eclipse glasses in front of your phone's optics when capturing the Sun outside totality.

NASA has a video and textual eclipse photo guide on their website. We also offer a huge event photography guide. NASA recommends using a tripod to support your camera and a delayed shutter release time to take photos without touching it, along with eclipse glasses.

“Eerie lighting and shadows will cover the landscape as the Moon passes in front of the Sun. The photo guide says light passes between overlapping tree leaves, creating natural pinholes that project miniature eclipse replicas on the ground.

"Anywhere you point your camera can produce great photos, so take wider shots of your eclipse experience."

As with most things, NASA advises practicing, especially with manual camera parameters, before eclipse time to get the perfect shot.

High biodiversity suggests the location was a haven for creatures escaping high temperatures further north around 470 million years ago, experts say.