How to prepare for the solar eclipse

Thursday, 10 Aug, 2017

According to the American Astronomical Society with the National Science Foundation, eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers must meet global safety standards, and filters that don't meet those requirements can be detrimental to viewers.

Griffith Observatory Naturally, Griffith Observatory is hosting a viewing event featuring telescope viewing from the lawn, sidewalks and on their coelostat (solar telescope) in the Hall of the Sky (note: personal telescopes aren't allowed). But also let them know that with these special glasses, we CAN look at the sun so we can see this awesome event.

Eyes up, protective glasses on - this summer, Minnesotans will get a chance to see a partial eclipse of the sun. In the 14 states, there will be darkness for a few minutes in most areas of the eclipse's direct path. This gives public safety agencies a better understanding of where visitors will go so they can mitigate potential traffic chokepoints. "There's a lot of people who don't grasp how unsafe it is to look at the sun without eye protection". As I browsed online, every seller promised that its glasses were "certified". The American Astronomical Society has listed on its website companies whose products are known to conform to worldwide standards. This is not the time to skip doing your homework.

Astronomy enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the upcoming eclipse, but for most solar generators the event will be little more than a passing cloud. The largest city in Idaho is a lot more cosmopolitan than you might think, with a lively downtown area, an abundance of restaurants, breweries and wine bars, a vibrant nightlife scene and enough outdoor activities to keep you busy.

Rate this article Do you want to leave a comment? When I did, several people who purchased from reputable manufacturers complained that their glasses arrived damaged. Examples of improper eclipse viewing include looking through sunglasses (polarized or multiple pairs don't help!), X-ray film, alternating eyes (Radiation still damages when it is "off and on."), or direct mirror reflection. Even glasses that are scratched or wrinkled should be avoided, according to NASA.

"Some eclipse glasses and solar viewers, even new ones, are printed with warnings stating that you shouldn't look through them for more than 3 minutes at a time and that you should discard them if they are more than 3 years old", the AAS writes.

Or, thanks to unscrupulous vendors who care about neither worldwide copyright law nor your eyesight, what you think are eclipse-safe glasses may not actually be.

If the skies do not cooperate for us here in Kokomo, try a livestream of the eclipse from https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive for example.

Lloyd Brown, spokesman for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, agreed that "an eclipse is clearly a transportation issue".

- You can also watch the ground for something special. You're not seeing the direct sun.

Here's a Post FAQ on what you need to know about the eclipse: http://wapo.st/2vfn71m.

Mike Lowery, owner of Focal Point Photography in Dallas, explained that first and foremost, photographers need to ensure that they have proper protection for their eyes and cameras.

The last time a total solar eclipse swept the whole width of the US was in 1918.

"Such warnings are outdated and do not apply to eclipse viewers compliant with the ISO 12312-2 global safety standard, which was adopted in 2015". The damage could be temporary or permanent.

You can't. You must do as you're told.

Be careful. And don't let the scammers ruin your excitement during this epic celestial event.