Solar Eclipse Eye Safety

Boston Public Library		Stop in to the library to get these sun-viewing goggles

Boston Public Library Stop in to the library to get these sun-viewing goggles

There is bound to be plenty of traffic the day of the eclipse and you don't want to be stuck in traffic while it's happening! Whether you are traveling for the eclipse or staying in town, enjoy this happy accident that we can experience eclipses at all.

You can also make your own simple and low-priced pinhole projector to safely view the eclipse. The deepest part of the eclipse will be at 2:25 p.m. when just shy of 90 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon.

In areas where it'll be a total solar eclipse, from the Pacific Northwest through Missouri and down to SC, it'll still get really dark - pitch black like night - even if overcast.

The most anticipated celestial event the United States has waited to see for over a century will occur Monday Aug. 21. The first one starts at 1 p.m., with the next one a 2 p.m., and the last at 3 p.m. Hartline says the Mobile Astronomy Lab is free for all to attend.

North America will experience another total solar eclipse April 2024, with the totality line extending from Mexico to eastern Canada in a northeasterly direction.

"The only one way to safely view a partial or total eclipse is with certified solar glasses - simple sunglasses are not enough". It is notsafe to view the eclipse with regular sunglasses. The last total eclipse that crossed the entire continent occurred on June 8, 1918 and the last time a total solar eclipse occurred exclusively in the USA was in 1778.

The eclipse will begin at 1:21pm. A live web stream of the solar eclipse, as seen from other locations in the US, will also be shown during eclipse time.

However, many people have fallen victim to phone eclipse glasses that won't actually protect your eyes.

The National Safety Council is recommending the following safety tips as you prepare to watch the solar eclipse.

Inspect solar filters before use.

Read and follow all directions that come with your glasses or filters.

Always supervise children using solar filters.

You can now take off your eye protection and look at the eclipsed sun because, at this point, daylight has faded into night. Do not remove them while looking at the sun.

A list of sources for purchasing solar viewing glasses online and at area retailers is available at this website: https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters Be sure to get solar viewers that have been verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet the ISO 12312-2 worldwide safety standard for such products; otherwise, viewing the sun can cause harm to the eyes.