T&T gets ready for partial solar eclipse

T&T gets ready for partial solar eclipse

Regular sunglasses are useless here, and only eclipse glasses that have a certification with "ISO 12312-2 global standard" are safe for use. Don't miss a thing.

The total solar eclipse will occur at approximately 1:27 this Monday afternoon (8/21/2017).

This will be the first time in 38 years that the mainland United States will experience a total eclipse, and it will be the first time in 99 years that a total eclipse will pass from the U.S. Pacific Coast to the U.S. Atlantic Coast. Then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear very slightly, immediately use your solar viewer again to watch the remaining partial phase of the eclipse. "Looking directly at the sun during most parts of an eclipse can permanently damage your vision or blind you, but there are easy ways to view a solar eclipse safely, such as through eclipse glasses or pinhole projectors".

An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed sun is pinhole projection (eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/projection).

A map showing the path of eclipse totality.

The last solar eclipse that was visible from London was in May 2012. To get to the closest point of totality from Montgomery would require driving more than 200 miles northeast - well out of the state of Alabama. The weather is supposed to be clear enough for people in MI to catch a partial solar eclipse - about 80 percent of the eclipse.

During one partial eclipse, I remember going in there and noticing that all the little circles of light on the ground were crescent-shaped.

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The solar phenomenon that is being called the Great American Eclipse because it can be seen across all of the nation's contiguous states, will begin in Lubbock at 11:30 a.m., reach a 72 percent peak at 12:57 p.m., and conclude at 2:26 p.m.

Health experts say outside of totality, the only safe way to safely look directly at the sun, during an eclipse or at any other time is through special-purpose solar filters. But don't fret - Central Alabama will have spectacular views of the eclipse as well.

Wherever you end up watching the eclipse tomorrow, pray for clear enough skies. This means you will not look directly at the sun. Doing so can cause permanent damage or blindness to your eyes. But for everyone else, you should never, ever look up toward the sun without protection. Many cities have seen long lines of people waiting to pick up protective eye glasses and the price for such glasses have spiked online.

Can I look at an eclipse through a camera while wearing eclipse glasses? . It shows you the event as it happens from different locations.

Can I wear regular glasses while using eclipse glasses? . Communications manager at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, Leslie Pepple states, "It's absolutely a safe way to view the eclipse", however "you cannot use it to actually look directly at the eclipse".

Also, if you're on the road when the full eclipse happens, THP has been asking people not to pull off or stop on the road to take pictures.