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Uh, No. You CAN'T Wear Your Sunglasses For The Eclipse

03 August 2017, 01:08 | Hattie Nash

How to know your eclipse glasses are safe

Solar eclipse frequently asked questions: Do I need special glasses? Will my dog be safe?

A total solar eclipse means that Earth, the sun, and the moon, which all orbit in space in predictable paths, will align.

Later this month, the majority of Americans will be staring up at the sun as a solar eclipse darkens the sky. Viewers all across the state are invited to participate by recording the atmospheric temperatures before, during and after the eclipse. This may seem like something trivial, but looking directly at it could actually blind you.

"The main message here is you don't ever, ever, ever want to look directly at the sun without these glasses at any time during the eclipse, even when the sun is nearly covered up", says Amy Twito with the Seattle Public Library. Sunglasses, smoked glass, and a lot of other filters will still let unsafe radiation through to your eye.

That's why the Seattle Public Library is distributing a limited number of free viewing glasses to the public, to allow people to safely watch the solar eclipse.

The good news with getting legitimate certified eclipse glasses is that the latest standard leaves behind some of the precautions that existed with older ones. Since the demand for eclipse glasses has skyrocketed in the recent weeks with more than 300-million people in the path of the eclipse, unscrupulous vendors are counterfeiting the ISO symbol and passing off uncertified glasses that are unsafe and could leave you blind. Do a search online for ISO 12312 solar eclipse glasses or check local stores. This is one of my trusted resources for high-quality solar equipment.

You may have seen a truck recently advertising for solar glasses.

They pointed out that even if they may dim the effects of the Sun, they don't necessarily protect the eyes from other parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Suggestion: Why not come out to the Rockwall County Library and enjoy the eclipse on August 21st with the right equipment and knowledgeable people.

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One of the best ways to view the eclipse is to simply take a piece of paper - heavier paper like construction paper is best - and poke a hole in it with a paperclip. "You want to have something that's safe", he explained. When 1% of the Sun's surface is still visible it is about 10,000 times brighter than the full moon.

Do not use glasses that are scratched. The retina of your eye is delicate and irreplaceable.

My two solar telescopes provide safe viewing in both natural (white light) and Hydrogen Alpha (Solar Flames) in great detail.

TSE has a range of products, including glasses and sun binoculars.

Now, although everyone in the United States will technically be in position to see the eclipse, you need to have special glasses in order to do so.

Some of the cities in the direct path of the moon's umbral shadow include Idaho City, Idaho; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Lincoln, Neb.; Kansas City, Mo.; Evansville, Ill.; Paducah, Kentucky; Nashville, Tenn.; and Columbia and Charlestown, S.C. The moon is NOT flat.

"That crescent of sun is glowing every bit as brightly as it would on a day when there isn't a solar eclipse", he says.

Do not think that layering many sheets of dark tinting will be safe. Since 2004 he has been a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, is a Master of Astronomical Outreach through the Astronomcial League and built his own astronomical observatory.

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