Stores selling out of eclipse glasses

Gwen Vasquez
August 12, 2017

What I had waited most of my life to see would unfold on the far side of a curtain, out of sight. The eclipse is a once in a lifetime event that centers around a star. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk, NASA states.

On August 21 parts of America will experience a total solar eclipse.

"It's so unsafe for people to look at the sun even for brief periods of time because you can cause permanent damage to the retina - we call it solar retinopathy and it's really very close to burning a hole in the retina", said Dr. Russell Van Gelder with the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

"[It's] one of those bucket list things you want to do", Cary resident Frank Sedlacek said of viewing the eclipse.

The brief flash of light on the edge of the sun and moon that appears in the seconds before and after totality. "For Glasgow, you will not see a total eclipse". In Honolulu, the eclipse will be completely over by 7:25 a.m.

The horizon: Look at the horizon during the eclipse, which will be lighted up like a 360-degree sunset.

However, it also means it's time to start loading up on knowledge and gear to make your encounter with the eclipse as stellar as possible.

In less than a fortnight, the moon is going to totally cover the sun.

The moon is about 400 times smaller than the sun.

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"It's very important to wear these glasses because your eyes are precious, your vision is precious", he said.

Any reliable source will sell or give you the correct glasses with an ISO logo and a statement attesting to their ISO 12312-2 compliance.

It's too early to know if clouds will obstruct the view during the event, but if that's the case eclipse glasses will be useless.

Here's how NASA describes the indirect pinhole method: "Cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other, creating a waffle pattern". With your back to the sun, look at your hands' shadow on the ground. Once you've glanced at the sun, turn your head away before removing the glasses.

So where can you find these NASA-approved eclipse glasses?

"It's a big event".

What happens during a solar eclipse? Only during totality is it safe to look directly at the eclipse with the naked eye. Please note that the library will close for an hour so employees can be outside when the total eclipse occurs. As the total eclipse approaches, if you are up a little in elevation or can see a bit of a distance to the horizon, you will see the total eclipse shadow fast approaching from the northwest.

You can get more information and safe viewing options from NASA and the American Astronomical Society.

Places nearby the path of the total eclipse, like Washington state, experience the total eclipse. The period of total eclipse, for locations along its path, is less than three minutes long and will stagger across the continent over the course of about 90 minutes. They hung out there until five minutes after the eclipse, before returning to the watery depths, he recalled.

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