Northeast eclipse glasses safe

An image captured by Arthur Eddington's team of the 1919 eclipse

We are mere days away from the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, which will be visible to all of North America. Although our viewing area isn't in the path of totality, Arkansas and Oklahoma will still see a near eclipse.

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.

So, on August 21, make sure you have your eclipse viewer handy (which you can buy or make - sunglasses won't be enough to protect your eyes!) And, keep an eye on the weather. 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.

The glasses are to be used during the whole eclipse except during the brief period of totality when the moon completely covers the sun.

"A total eclipse is such a rare occurrence, for many in the US, this will be the first time in their life they can see one", said CNN Senior Meteorologist Brandon Miller. Many did have solar eclipse glasses to sell but they have since sold out. It's a big one because our neck of the woods is close to the path where it will be a total eclipse, which hasn't occurred here in a long time. As a result, observers will see roughly three quarters of the sun go black as a partial solar eclipse will occur. Meaning the sun is fully obscured by the moon.

For these glasses to protect your eyes, they must be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard. Looking at the sun directly with no eye protection will damage your eyes; an eclipse of any degree does not change this. But experts have warned that you need the right glasses to keep your eyes safe.

The college will also show NASA's livestream of the eclipse in the Weaver Library.

What happens during a solar eclipse?

"Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight", the site states.

While people are graced with the chance to watch solar eclipses each year, it commonly occurs just twice in a year so the hype that it builds up once scientists announce that the world can expect to see them at certain day and time is understandable.

The Children's Museum will offer eclipse viewing from 1:20-4 p.m., weather permitting. "Even through some of the urban areas along I-5 through Seattle, Tacoma".

Do not watch the partial eclipse through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.

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