Safety tips for viewing the solar eclipse

Safety tips for viewing the solar 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. "And if you do look at the sun, make sure you have proper solar viewing glasses". "This standard requires lenses to be thousands of times darker than typical sunglasses". Certified eclipse glasses are a must to view the solar eclipse directly. This is your signal that it is completely safe to remove them and look directly at the eclipsed sun.

"The only safe way to view a partial solar eclipse is using special solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses" or hand-held solar viewers", said Arthur Bradley, an IU School of Optometry professor. Nothing prepares you for the emotional response of seeing a sky that doesn't look like the sky from this world.

In Northeast Ohio, while we won't see a total solar eclipse, at 2:31 p.m. the partial eclipse will maximize with 80-percent of the sun obscured - an event still worthy of celebration.

The entire country is anticipating Monday's Solar Eclipse.

Eyes can be damaged by looking at the sun so extreme caution must be exercised. Even pets are vulnerable to eye damage from looking at an eclipse, though they don't tend to look directly at the sun. - Visions of the upcoming total solar eclipse are getting astronomers and everyday stargazers revved up for an astronomically good time. Seek expert advice before using a solar filter with a camera, telescope, binoculars or any other optical device.

The path of totality where a total eclipse is visible, runs from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.

Remember, the timing of when the eclipse will happen is dependant on where you live. The eye gear must be designated ISO 12312-2, meaning they meet the eye protection requirements for the direct observation of the sun.

Preparation is key: If you plan on having new equipment or gear, ship them to your location.

The Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce was also compiling a list of businesses still selling eclipse glasses.