Watch Out for Fake Eclipse Glasses

Science Corner – Total eclipse of the sun Michael AlbrowThursday

Science Corner – Total eclipse of the sun Michael AlbrowThursday

"We've SOLD OUT of Eclipse Glasses!"

The path goes just south of the IN border, which means Fort Wayne will experience a partial solar eclipse with about 85 percent of the sun blocked, Science Central Executive Director Martin S. Fisher said IN a news release. However, in Madison - where a maximum of 85 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon at about 1:15 p.m. - that won't be an option.

Staring directly into the sun is can damage your eyes, and would-be eclipse viewers could be purchases and using products that won't properly protect them.

Midland County Public Libraries have scheduled a Solar Eclipse Safe Viewing Seminar with local astronomer Daryl Lane from 5 6 p.m. August 14 at the Centennial Library, 2503 W. Loop 250 N., Midland.

Experts say you should not try to watch the eclipse with the naked eye, and that regular sunglasses do not provide enough protection.

Science Central's event Sunday will show people how to experience the solar eclipse safely during hands-on activities and demonstrations, the science center said on its website,

According to, the material for safe viewing glasses is low-cost and readily available through astronomical supply houses and at their website.

Glasses or other solar filters also shouldn't be used if they're scratched or damaged, according to the astronomical society. They are also available in stores including: 7-Eleven, Best Buy, Lowe's and Walmart.

"If you look up directly, even if there's just a sliver of the sun, the light can go into the back of your eye and burn a hole in what's called the macula".

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has certified that Rainbow Symphony of Reseda, Calif., - the manufacturer of the glasses - is among the manufacturers on its "Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters and Viewers" list, he said.