Donald Trump stares directly at solar eclipse without glasses, despite all warnings against it

Parts of the United States were treated to the celestial spectacle of a lifetime on Monday when the first total solar eclipse in decades graced skies across the country. 

Like many other American households, the Trump family, including the president, Melania and 11-year-old Barron, gathered outside their Washington abode to take in the show together.

Although literature on the dangers of looking directly at solar eclipses without eye protection is widely available, President Trump briefly ignored safety warnings and, at one point, looked directly at the sun sans glasses.

Naturally, Twitter is having a field day with the image.

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I mean, you knew Trump was going to stare right at the sun, but it's still shocking to see. https://t.co/tx4KYqUFIf https://t.co/itTeedFdjw
https://t.co/msLFT1byWd
Oh my god. https://t.co/kdhf9iaJhf
this is the moment when Donald Trump truly became blind president https://t.co/sGCzMdXWgX
be honest, you all did this https://t.co/nYSYtJDZyw
"President Donald Trump looked directly at a solar eclipse today" is objectively the stupidest sentence of all time
[*Curb Your Enthusiasm theme*] https://t.co/1zKCToAQRS
this is exactly the kind of change America was promised https://t.co/PmZota3dEE
Narrator: He looked. https://t.co/UFHdRqkbKN
probably someone told him Obama wasn't going to look https://t.co/z5XKkgUrZL
Scientists: Don't look straight at sun during eclipse. Trump: Hold my glasses. https://t.co/3MySTJYq4d
probably someone told him Obama wasn't going to look https://t.co/z5XKkgUrZL
Constantly bragging about how smart he is. #ResignTrump https://t.co/jo39JOcsV1
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Photos taken later on prove that the president eventually donned proper eyewear, but as we've already learned, even 20 seconds of unprotected eclipse viewing can be enough to cause serious and permanent harm. 

We hope his eyes didn't sustain too much damage in the interim. 

RELATED: See more photos from the event:

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Trump family looks up at the Great American Eclipse
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U.S. President Donald Trump watches the solar eclipse with first Lady Melania Trump and son Barron from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump watches the solar eclipse from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump watches the solar eclipse with first Lady Melania Trump from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump watches the solar eclipse with first Lady Melania Trump from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump watches the solar eclipse with first Lady Melania Trump from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (L) and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross watch the solar eclipse from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 1017 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (L) and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross watch the solar eclipse from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 1017 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump watches the solar eclipse with first Lady Melania Trump from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
White House Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (L) watch the solar eclipse from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump watches the solar eclipse with first Lady Melania Trump and son Barron from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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