Eclipse Information and Resource08/16/2017
On Monday, August 21, North America will experience a rare solar eclipse. While some parts of the country will experience a total solar eclipse, we will experience a partial eclipse where roughly 75 percent of the sun is obscured. In our area, the moon will begin its path across the sun around 9 a.m. The eclipse will be at its maximum at 10:17 a.m., ending around 11:40 a.m.
The only safe way to look at a partial eclipse is through special glasses, handheld solar viewers or a pinhole camera. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. Staring at even a sliver of the sun without the right protection can cause permanent eye damage.
If you plan to view the eclipse through eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers, below are safety tips developed by the American Astronomical Society:
- Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched, punctured, torn, or otherwise damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
- Always supervise children using solar filters.
- If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.
- Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
- Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
- Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays could damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
- Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.
Check out this article from NASA on how to make your own pinhole camera: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory—How to Make a Pinhole Camera
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