Saturday, 19 August, 2017

Be sure to protect your eyes during the solar eclipse

Thomas Herring has served as the director of Jack C. Davis Observatory since 2014 Thomas Herring has served as the director of Jack C. Davis Observatory since 2014
Theresa Hayes | 12 August, 2017, 13:41

The AAS also lists retail chains that are OK to buy from as long as the glasses are one of the brands listed above.

Can't find glasses? What then?

Kathy McNeilly, second from right, director of the Oak Ridge Public Library, and library employees presented a pair of solar eclipse glasses to City Manager Mark Watson, center, on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.

The path of totality for the August 21 eclipse will reach a maximum width of 71 miles and stretch in a southeasterly route from the Pacific Northwest to the middle of the Atlantic coastal plain, passing over 14 states, including Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina.

In Madison on Friday, the glasses were sold out at Kirkland's on the Far East Side and at Toys R Us on the Far West Side. "I know of a few universities and trip planners that have been planning on observing the event for five years or more", he said.

Scammers have taken advantage of the hype surrounding the eclipse and released fake protective glasses, according to the Better Business Bureau. And a two-pack at Casey's General Store in Verona could be had for $2.99.

"'It's so risky for people to look at the sun even for brief periods of time because you can cause permanent damage to the retina", he says.

Some libraries and elementary schools are giving away approved glasses for free.

The path goes just south of the IN border, which means Fort Wayne will experience a partial solar eclipse with about 85 percent of the sun blocked, Science Central Executive Director Martin S. Fisher said IN a news release.

Eclipse watchers in the 60 to 70-mile wide "path of totality" that will cut through much of the middle US could briefly look directly at the eclipse without protection when the moon fully covers the sun. With the date quickly approaching, and many stores selling out, people are wondering where to buy eclipse safety glasses. "People are being hoodwinked into buying glasses that may not be safe".

And keep checking NorthJersey.com for full coverage on the August 21 eclipse, including tips for how to capture the best photos and time lapse of the eclipse.

At first, AAS said people should look for the ISO 12312-2 label on their glasses, but recent counterfeits have contained that label even though they were not safe, Mashable reported.

Total solar eclipses happen about every 18 months but cross the same precise spot on Earth an average of only once every 375 years. At the full moon, there will be a lunar eclipse, when the moon passes directly behind the Earth, resulting in a darker, reddish-colored moon. "So perhaps dark sunglasses maybe might be a good idea".

Eclipse tip of the day. Specialty solar glasses that meet the worldwide standard ISO 12312-2 for direct observation of the sun should be used.

Nature often creates such pinhole viewers for us, in the form of trees.