Lake Mead Recreational Area holding solar eclipse viewing party

Gwen Vasquez
August 13, 2017

Midland County Public Libraries have scheduled a Solar Eclipse Safe Viewing Seminar with local astronomer Daryl Lane from 5 p.m.to 6 p.m. August 14 at the Centennial Library, 2503 W. Loop 250 N., Midland. Special eclipse shades will be available. The focused sunlight can melt the filter and damage the eyes.

Solar eclipse glasses are flying off the shelves.

Science Central's gift shop is selling solar eclipse viewing cards for $1.99 each to the public and for $1 each for Science Central members.

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Here in OR, we won't see another total solar eclipse until 2169, when one will cross Portland, Seattle, Boise and Salt Lake City - though another one glances the OR coast in 2108. The Bravas and Ragin' Cajun food trucks also will be parked nearby so people can enjoy food while they watch.

The American Astronomical Society has a list of reputable eclipse glasses and handheld viewers on its website - stamped with this approval code: 12312-2. Outside of the path of totality, always use solar filters. If you stare at the sun without protection, you may experience damage to your retina (the tissue at the back of your eye) called "solar retinopathy".

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