'Alarming reports' of unsafe eclipse glasses sold online have officials warning public

Map of path of solar eclipse

Viewers in those places will experience the total solar eclipse for just over two minutes. You'll have to hop in the vehicle and drive to SC for the best and closest view.

Regular sunglasses are not a good substitute because they don't sufficiently protect against the sun's radiation.

Remember this: hope for no clouds! In fact, for this area, waiting for the 2024 eclipse may be the better option as the Wheeling area will see a 97.13 percent eclipse with Columbus, Ohio only two hours away seeing a 99.84 percent solar eclipse. Dr. Russell Van Gelder, spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, warns that partial or total blindness is a very real risk if you don't have proper eye protection.

From the vantage point of Fayetteville, the eclipse will begin at about 11:59 p.m. - reaching its maximum view at approximately 1:30 p.m. when 98 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon - and then diminishing to its end at 2:56 p.m.

The HSC event will also include an opportunity to learn about the eclipse, and there will be a cardboard creations activity led by Kate Purvis and John Sowa for those who want to build their own solar viewfinders.

So on august 21, the sun will disappear behind the moon and we will have twilight. Packs of eclipse glasses are available at Walmart, eBay and Amazon for under $20. Those eclipses are hardly total; the dimming is the equivalent of removing a single light bulb from a board of ten thousand bulbs - but it can be enough to prove the existence of a world where once we knew of none.

We are just 10 days away from the first total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years.

A total solar eclipse means brighter stars and planets can be seen - that is, if the weather cooperates.

The most awaited Great American Eclipse has been making news and hitting headlines.It is believed that this eclipse will be the most anticipated and watched celestial event of recent times.

"What you're really looking for are glasses that when you look around, the only thing you can see is the sun", Jarvis says.

The average high for temperatures in Mid-Missouri on August 21 are in the upper 80s and with the eclipse starting a quarter before noon, we can estimate temperatures will be in the mid-70s. "The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as 'eclipse glasses'".

"Unscrupulous vendors can grab the ISO logo off the Internet and put it on their products and packaging even if their eclipse glasses or viewers haven't been properly tested", the society said.

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