How to Protect Your Eyes During the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Doris Richards
August 19, 2017

"It's no different than any other day", said Angela Speck, co-chair of the National Solar Eclipse Task Force, in an August 21 NASA media briefing. And that's not nothing!

During a 1998 total eclipse, for example, Galápagos reef fishes that were normally active during the day darted into shelter while nocturnal fish came out to feed, and pelicans and frigatebirds in Venezuela that had been out hunting returned to shore.

What time does the eclipse start?

The bad news is-not much. Even better: Do this while someone whispers "ECLIPSE ECLIPSE ECLIPSE" into your ear. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter - do not remove it while looking at the sun. "But don't mistake it for the actual thing". Most of the country will see a partial eclipse on Monday.

Some glasses are being sold with the proper ISO designation, but with lenses that, in reality, do not match the ISO number printed on them. These glasses will bear the worldwide safety standard number "ISO 12312-2", as well as a certified "CE" printed on them.

Keep in mind that ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, or homemade filters are not safe for looking at the sun, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Purchase these with caution.

-The only time that you can look at the sun without a solar viewer is during a total eclipse.

Be quick and snap a variety of photos from different wide shot angles so you have plenty to choose from after it passes.


What if I can't get eclipse glasses? The state also urges people not to use eclipse glasses if they are scratched, wrinkled, or older than three years. Washington state will see over 90 percent occultation, and most of our rooftop solar, like the array on Judith's and my roof, the Pasco community solar project, and others here in the Tri-Cities, will lose about 90 percent of our generation at the time it is most needed. "The viewing glasses and pinhole cameras are all for the partial phases".

"Any given spot on earth can expect to experience a total solar eclipse only about once every 375 years, on average", says Sayle.

Well, yes, and if you'd like to, our friends over at Chicagoist have compiled a handy guide. "Experience this one emotionally, psychologically, physically", he told the audience at an event at the AMNH on Monday.

What's the worst that could happen if I look at the eclipse without protection?

We'll be right on the edge of thick clouds by the afternoon - I'm calling it partly to mostly cloudy.

Don't want to wait until Monday to watch the eclipse?

OH NO, I missed it!

Or, for a more self-contained system, you can make a viewer out of a box.

Don't worry, that's just a myth!

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