Tips on Solar Eclipse Viewing

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The watchword for experiencing a solar eclipse, of course, is to not look at it with unprotected eyes. Don't miss a thing.

The highly anticipated solar eclipse can be viewed across the United States on Monday, Aug. 21.

In the U.S. this year, 14 states will experience a total eclipse along a path stretching from the east to the west coast. Then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear very slightly, immediately use your solar viewer again to watch the remaining partial phase of the eclipse. More information on pinhole projectors and safe-viewing devices can be found at People along the path of totality will experience nearly complete darkness at totality.

Still, if you happen to miss the eclipse, don't worry; the next total solar eclipse will be December 14, 2020.

There are concerns about which glasses are safe, following recalls of some glasses, including by Amazon. There's going to be a plethora of photos being taken by folks much more skilled than me - and most of you.

Robert Morehead, Texas Tech instructor and director of the Preston Gott Observatory, is in OR to experience an eclipse of the sun that he's been waiting a virtual lifetime to see.

The next partial eclipse that will be visible in London will be in 2021, but the real show will come three years later on April 8, 2024.

Total solar eclipses happen when the moon is directly between the earth and the sun. The special glasses that look like 3D glasses should be approved by the American Astronomical Association, and an ISO label.

Just briefly looking at the sun without proper eye protection can cause permanent damage to your eyes.

Don't try to take pictures of the solar eclipse unless you have a special filter for your camera or smartphone. The eclipse can be seriously damaging to viewers eyes.

Don't wear eclipse glasses while driving. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter - do not remove it while looking at the sun. This means that the Moon prevents the Sun's light from reaching our planet and casts us into its shadow for a limited amount of time. The multiple holes will create dozens of small images of the eclipsed sun. With your back to the sun, hold the piece with the hole in it so the sunlight shines through onto another piece of white cardboard. The eclipse glasses can be worn by dogs, but would only be needed if the owner is making the dog stare into the sun, which veterinarians discourage. From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. there will be hands-on activities so you can learn about the eclipse.

The states in the path of totality are (from west to east) Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and SC.

Safety precautions are also necessary if you are hoping to photograph the eclipse with your cellphone or camera.



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