Fake eclipse glasses could be risky

10 August, 2017, 00:35 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • Fake eclipse glasses could be risky

"If you went out right now and looked at the sun, you could damage your eyes by looking at it directly", said Dr. Donald K. Walter, a physics professor at South Carolina State University.

A total solar eclipse can be viewed in the United States at the end of August, for the first time in almost 40 years.

You can find an extra list of where some places may be selling more glasses here.

The path of totality will begin near Lincoln City, Oregon, as the lunar shadow makes its way into the U.S. This path will be 60 to 70 miles wide (97 to 113 kilometers); the closer to the center, the longer the darkness.

If viewing through a telescope, you have to have the proper filter on it for safe viewing. Are these safe? Do you really need them?

"Regular sunglasses won't do it".

The nation's first total solar eclipse since 1979 and the first to cross from the West Coast to the East Coast since 1918, the 2017 eclipse will cross from OR to SC and "the path of totality" along the way will be up to 70 wiles wide. Your peeprs will get a sunburn and you'll regret it, whether now or later. "Then when the moon is passing away from the sun, you should be wearing them again". "It's a very handsome and interesting sight", Walter said. That darkness will last for about 2 minutes and 40 seconds. When totality ends, put the glasses back on.

"The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses" or handheld solar viewers", AAS writes on its eye safety website. "You need to wear eclipse glasses any time you are staring at the sun".

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Protective eclipse-viewing glasses, provided by Turner, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for free at the event. By then, I expect to be spending quite a few afternoons fishing, and I'll be looking forward to hearing what my granddaughter Laura remembers about seeing this year's eclipse with her mom.

Still, Harris says one of the best ways of viewing the sun is indirectly. During the middle of the eclipse, 72 percent of the sun will be blocked.

"Another projection method that I think is kind of neat is you can take a Ritz cracker with its little pinhole projection instead of punching holes with a needle".

Solar-leader California is not in the path of totality, but the California Independent System Operator said it anticipates an nearly 4.2 GW decrease in solar generation, which will run from about 9 a.m.to noon, local time.

The California ISO has a webpage dedicated to the eclipse and its grid, where viewers will be able to track solar production as well as current and net energy demand in real time.

The organization says buyers should be skeptical of glasses even if they're stamped with an ISO seal - which has been used in the past to indicate which glasses comply with standards set by the International Organization for Standardization. The fovea is the part of your eye that is the most responsible for 20/20 vision.

Mostly, he wants to soak up the awe of that thin slice of time when the moon completely blocks out the sun.

Hawaii experienced a total solar eclipse in 1991. "Now they are peppering us and NASA with questions". "People are traveling from all over the country to see it", he said. I'm excited that it's here except I'm operating on that day.

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