observer le soleil

16:25 Jun 16, 2016
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French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Astronomy & Space
French term or phrase: observer le soleil
In a document about tourist attractions in the Pyrenees. Context: "Par beau temps, on distingue, au Nord, les premiers contreforts du Massif Central ! Des tables d’orientation et d’interprétation aident à décrypter l’horizon. Et des lunettes permettent ***d’observer le soleil*** parce que le Pic du Midi abrite également un observatoire." What sort of glasses would this be, to enable you to observe the sun, please? Any help gratefully received!
Nicky Over
United Kingdom
Local time: 07:02

Summary of answers provided
5 -1solar eclipse glasses
Rebecca Mynett
4Solar observing glasses
Michele Rosen

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observer le soleil (here)
Solar observing glasses

Those would be solar observing glasses, which block 99% of UV rays.

Note added at 1 hr (2016-06-16 18:10:31 GMT)

I don't think the French (Et des lunettes permettent ***d’observer le soleil*** ) necessarily uses the French equivalent(s) of this term, which seem to be "Lunettes de protection spéciales eclipses" (see or "Lunettes d'observation pour éclipse solaire".

Note added at 1 hr (2016-06-16 18:24:07 GMT)

I withdraw this answer - there is a better answer on the discussion boards.

Example sentence(s):
  • "If you’re observing the Sun without any optical aid, all you really need are low-cost solar observing glasses."

Michele Rosen
United States
Local time: 02:02
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Francois Boye: your translation does not fit the parsing of the sentence in French
5 mins
  -> That's true, Francois! I was answering Nicky's question directly as opposed to providing a translation. I've added a note to clarify.
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solar eclipse glasses

I think in the UK the most common term would be '(solar) eclipse glasses' and not 'solar observing glasses'.

However, given that tourists may well be visiting when there isn't an eclipse, I would probably go for something along the lines of "Since le Pic du Midi also houses an observatory, eclipse glasses are also available to allow visitors to view the sun safely.

Rebecca Mynett
United Kingdom
Local time: 07:02
Native speaker of: English

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disagree  Michele Fauble: Not glasses - see discussion.
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