Protecting your eyes during the eclipse

by Frankie Norman August 18, 2017, 1:29
Protecting your eyes during the eclipse

On Aug. 21, for the first time in almost a century, an exciting earthly phenomenon will occur for almost three minutes: a total solar eclipse visible from coast-to-coast. "Sunglasses are not safe ever", McQuillan said. The eye gear must be designated ISO 12312-2, meaning they meet the eye protection requirements for the direct observation of the sun. During the maximum phase of an annular eclipse, the sun appears as a blindingly bright ring around the moon.

Dr Thaller described solar corona - streams of light that will surround the Sun during the eclipse - as wonderful.

On Monday, August 21, 2017 all of North America will experience an eclipse of the sun for the first time in 99 years.

What exactly will we see?

For us in Wilson, even though we aren't in the "path of totality", we can expect to see a partial solar eclipse - 91 percent coverage of the sun.

According to NASA the last total solar eclipse to pass over the United States coast to coast was 1918.

The event will also feature a total of three stations. Due to extreme demand, we have only a limited number of free Solar Eclipse Glasses remaining at our offices available on a first come-first serve basis. Attendees will be able to work on various science experiences at station three, including creating their own pin-hole viewer, as well as a family-oriented science project. Those puffy clouds could block the sun at times, but should not block out the eclipse viewing for an extended period. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. Put the spectacles on BEFORE looking up to the sun and only remove them AFTER looking away.

Special filters are also needed if you plan to watch the eclipse with a telescope or capture it with a camera.

Never look directly at the partially eclipsed sun.

Monday is also National Senior Citizen Day, and the Flower Mound Senior Center is celebrating with a Solar Eclipse Patio Party at 1 p.m. Attendees can enjoy live music, dancing, an ice cream sundae bar and safety glasses.

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