Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Eclipse glasses becoming harder to find

Eclipse glasses becoming harder to find

"It's getting hard to find them now", he said.

And in that time, I have seen many uncommon phenomena in the sky-total lunar eclipses, the 2001 Leonid meteor storm with 2,400 "shooting stars" in just three hours, the 1986 apparition of Halley's Comet and much more.

The entire North American continent will see at least a partial eclipse, which is expected to result in temperature drops up to 20 degrees and an uptick in wind, according to NASA.

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.

"This is historical, and I would encourage everyone to see it", said Nathan Podoll, M.D., assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).

Scammers have taken advantage of the hype surrounding the eclipse and released fake protective glasses, according to the Better Business Bureau.

Optometrists say looking directly at the eclipse can cause permanent blindness so make sure you wear a pair of solar eclipse glasses.

Public libraries, schools, nature centers and even optometrists throughout McHenry County have organized educational sessions and safe viewing events to make the "Great American Eclipse", as it's been named, accessible to all.

They're not as stylish as Ray Bans but they will allow you to look at the historic event without eye damage as long as you keep them on.

Eclipse watchers in the 60 to 70-mile wide "path of totality" that will cut through much of the middle USA could briefly look directly at the eclipse without protection when the moon fully covers the sun.

"The market is being flooded with counterfeits", he said.

Many people are planning on watching the solar eclipse later this month, but you need to make sure you have the proper safety glasses for watching the event.

People are understandably freaking out about if their glasses will arrive on time. But if you have other plans for the evening, you can still snag some eclipse glasses here before the big day.

Here's the deal: Glasses that are safe for directly viewing the sun must meet the standard, set by the International Organization for Standardization, and the glasses or viewer will then indicate that they are ISO 12312-2 compliant. The full list can be found at

It's also safe to a view an eclipse through welding filters, but only if they are Shade 12 or higher.

Homemade filters and ordinary sunglasses don't provide enough protection for looking at the sun or the eclipse.

DeKalb County will be in the path of the upcoming solar eclipse August 21. Place a pinhole or small opening in a card. "But I think many birds will be interesting because they have tri-chromatic vision, so they. are also relatively sensitive to light". "Old fashioned pinhole viewers work just as good. and and they cost nothing".

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