On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will touch the USA mainland for the first time since 1979.
On Thursday of this week (Aug. 17), the Gaines County Library will be hosting a pre-eclipse public program, where they will " excitement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to children, teens and adults locally, according to a press release issued by library officials.
Participants will have the opportunity to view the eclipse through Cassegrain telescopes, solar glasses and other material to allow for safe viewing.
"With a solar eclipse, it'll be a lot more comfortable to look at the sun because about 80% of it will be blocked the maximum time; but, If you're comfortable looking at the sun, the harmful rays are going to damage your eyes significantly", said Dr.Clifford. Sunglasses are not safe when it comes to viewing the eclipse.
On Monday, Aug. 21, rain or shine, the library will live stream NASA's eclipse coverage in the Community Room from 1 to 3 p.m. and provide "celestial treats".
While Humboldt County won't get to witness a total eclipse, the astronomers say the coverage should almost complete. Do not block traffic on Bayberry.
Overexposure to the sun can change the chemistry or can even cause physical burns or spots in the eye tissue that impair vision and, in severe cases, create a permanent reduction of vision.
While leaving the photography to the experts and simply enjoying the eclipse in the moment might be the best option, if you absolutely must take a photo, Sklute recommends using a point-and-shoot camera with a solar filter to protect both the camera and your eyes, rather than using the camera on your phone. Use a viewer provided by the library, or you can make your own eclipse pinhole viewer from just two pieces of paper or cards. "However you want to make sure they're right back on as soon as any sun starts to show", she adds.