How to watch the solar eclipse safely

Faith Castro
August 12, 2017

No matter how you see it, this eclipse can change your perspective.

The first 100 people to arrive at the event will receive a pair.

More information about the event is available by calling 708-452-3420. A long list of online, astronomy, and optics vendors also are listed.

In news that surprises no one, demand for eclipse glasses has spiked, given the attention of the upcoming Great American Eclipse set for August 21, which will run across the continental United States.

Most eclipse viewers are priced at around $2 or $3.

Space.com said Friday, Aug. 11 was the last day to order glasses and have them shipped with ground shipping to arrive before the eclipse, although Amazon Prime customers still have time to get them with the free two-day shipping that comes with the membership. Telescopes and cameras have to be fitted with a proper filter for safe viewing, and you should consult a professional astronomer or photographer if you have any intention or desire to do this.

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The only one way to safely view a partial or total eclipse is with certified solar glasses - simple sunglasses are not enough.

"Directly staring into the sun, even for a few seconds, can cause significant permanent damage to your eyes", said Dr. Christina Weng, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Baylor.

And there's another warning: Counterfeit eclipse glasses that look like the real thing, but may not protect your eyes properly.

The bottom line is that regular sunglasses - even the darkest ones - are not effective for the purposes of viewing the eclipse, Weng said. Schmude recommends children use them only under the supervision of an adult.

When you put them on, "you shouldn't be able to see anything.except the sun itself", the organizations says.

Eclipses happen as the moon moves between the Earth and sun, casting a shadow across whichever part of the world that spins by.

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