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Viewing the Solar Eclipse, Safely

04 August 2017

Dusenbery says because solar eclipses are so rare, it's a great opportunity for collaboration.

The night before, the pair will spend the night stargazing in a geodesic dome in the OR wilderness. Anderson will also tell you what to expect on August 21, how you can observe safely and why this event is special. If you're outside this path, you will see a partial eclipse. The community will be in darkness as the moon passes across and completely covers the sun for approximately 2 1/2 minutes.

You must be in the path of totality to witness a total solar eclipse. Many major suppliers are already out of stock or scrambling to keep up. These types of "eclipse glasses" have a thin layer of chromium or aluminum deposited on the surface that protect our eye from harmful infrared and visible light rays.

The other reason is that total solar eclipses aren't visible every month.

Hawley, a physics and astronomy professor and the director of engineering physics at the University of Kansas, advised booking any travel tickets and hotel reservations way ahead of time and to expect plenty of traffic on the road. It turns out, if you'll take the Earth, the moon is much farther away from the Earth than you think.

Google has teamed up with the Gordon and Betty Moore foundation, SSI, the National Science Foundation, and NASA to distribute 2 million solar-viewing glasses to almost 5,000 libraries throughout the country.

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The good news? Eclipse-viewing glasses will be pretty easy to come by in the weeks leading up to the long-anticipated celestial event. Avoid glasses that are more than three years old and those with scratched or wrinkled lenses.

While it may appear dark, watching the solar eclipse without the right eyewear can severely damage your vision.

You can also put a piece of cardboard around the lens and cast a shadow onto a white sheet of paper to view the moon passing in front of the sun.

Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer - the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye (s), causing serious injury. It's still the sun, "said Keith Barger". Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sun, NASA warns.

VALLEY- As America gears up for the upcoming solar eclipse, there are a few vital points to remember when it comes to protecting your eyes and those of your loved ones. "It's one of the most remarkable, most spectacular naked-eye phenomenon that you can see".

Viewing the Solar Eclipse, Safely