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Watch the eclipse without these shades and you could go blind

Watch the eclipse without these shades and you could go blind

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks any part of the sun. The whole continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting 2 to 3 hours.

The forecast is still calling for partly cloudy skies Monday afternoon (Aug. 21) in New Orleans, which could make it tough to view the total solar eclipse. All around the moon, the glorious corona halo of the sun is visible, as are Jupiter and Venus and even a few stars elsewhere in the sky. Similar teams will be doing the same thing throughout the path of totality of the eclipse across 14 states.

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe, so those planning to observe the solar eclipse should obtain a pair of solar viewing glasses before viewing. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.

When they are securely on, look up at the eclipse and view the fantastic celestial event.

Keep in mind to never look directly at the sun. "So the entire time during the eclipse in West Texas your eyes are going to be damaged if you look at it".

According to NASA, to see a total eclipse you must be in the path of totality, a thin ribbon approximately 70 miles wide. West Texas will have about 75 percent totality, so the sun will be mostly blocked but some will remain visible. For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other. The moon covering the sun disappears. All you need is a thermometer and a smart phone.

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This document does not constitute medical advice.

-The only time that you can look at the sun without a solar viewer is during a total eclipse. Don't let the requisite warnings scare you away from witnessing this singular spectacle! No matter what recommended technique you use, do not stare continuously at the sun. Take breaks and give your eyes a rest! Do not use sunglasses: they don't offer your eyes sufficient protection.

The United States will experience that very same type of "blackout" that has inspired fear and wonder since the ancient Greek poet Archilochus wrote, "There is nothing beyond hope, nothing that can be sworn impossible, nothing wonderful, since.night from midday, hiding the light of the shining sun", April 647 BCE. It is imperative that the welding hood houses a #14 or darker filter. Do not view through any welding glass if you do not know or can not discern its shade number.

Earlier this week, Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store at 232 5th Avenue in Park Slope was also giving out viewing glasses, but after ordering 150, they ran out after just two days, an employee at the store told BKLYNER Thursday evening.

However, an article posted online Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Association advises against removing any viewing tools because "as the moon continues to move, bright sunlight suddenly might be focused on the unprotected macula". These will give you a magnified view that will clearly show the progress of an eclipse.

The farther the pinhole is from the screen, the bigger the image will be. The event will include solar-themed snacks, music, and safe viewing of the eclipse. There are commercially available projection telescopes as well.


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