Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

How to avoid buying bogus solar eclipse glasses

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, obscuring part or all of the star from the planet.

It will be the first total solar eclipse that has been visible in the continental more than three decades. He added that when the last total solar eclipse raced across the country in 1918, people didn't have numerous technological tools that are at our disposal today.

"It's going to traverse the entire pass of the United States", Kopernik Observatory Executive Director Drew Deskur said.

The mid-valley is right in the path of totality, when the full shadow of the moon completely blocks the sun. Some in the region will even experience a total solar eclipse, resulting in complete darkness around 2:30 p.m. The tech giant has promised to ship some 2 million glasses to 4,800 public libraries across the United States, all in the hopes that as many kids as possible will get to see the moon crossing directly in front of the sun.

Bottom line, eye care professionals say: Use the specially-designed, certified solar eclipse glasses to view the eclipse. In addition, guests will have an opportunity to learn about the sun, space, what makes an eclipse and how to view it safely. They'll bear a tiny picture of a globe with the letters "ISO", the initials CE and a statement that reads, "Conforms to and meets the Transmission Requirements of ISO 12312-2".

The US Energy Information Administration looks at the effects of the upcoming solar eclipse on utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants at an energy brief published on its website on August 7.

An annular solar eclipse is seen through clouds over Eugene on Sunday, May 20, 2012.

Meanwhile, H.R. Ministries in Princeton, Kentucky is preparing to host a three day festival called SolQuest for the objective of evangelizing to the people who are expected to converge on the small town to view the eclipse.

Many of you are no doubt gearing up for the solar eclipse on August 21, just two weeks from tonight. Special eclipse glasses can protect your eyes. Retired NASA astrophysicist and photographer Fred Espenak has seen 27 solar eclipses and says although it only lasts for a few minutes, the experience is truly out of this world. Since the path of the shadow appears at varying locations on Earth, people usually have to travel to distant locations to observe totality.

Taking safety precautions, such as a wearing proper eye protection, is important to avoid solar retinopathy, which can lead to mild to moderate vision reduction or even central blind spots, according to a University of Louisville news release. Make sure you have a filter that covers the lens of the telescope, not the eyepiece and is specifically designed for solar viewing.

Darkness will last just under two minutes in OR, gradually expanding to a maximum two minutes and 44 seconds in Shawnee National Forest in southernmost IL, nearly into Kentucky, then dwindling to 2 1/2 minutes in SC. They were offering a program to libraries.

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