Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Things To Help You Prepare For The Eclipse

Things To Help You Prepare For The Eclipse

"Protection of the eyes is very important, especially in Lubbock, since it is only going to be a partial eclipse". Don't miss a thing.

Only one in five people will have a chance to see a solar eclipse in a lifetime, but we all get to see one tomorrow afternoon.

Total solar eclipses are one of the rarest celestial events seen from Earth. This includes having a certification information indicating that it passed the ISO 12312-2 global standard and the manufacturer's name and company address printed on the product.

Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.

Hopefully you have your eclipse glasses by now, because they've become increasingly hard to find as we get closer to eclipse day. But you can still see a partial eclipse (that is, see the moon partially block the sun) elsewhere, so type in your city here to find out what you'll be able to catch and when.

An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed sun is pinhole projection (eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/projection). Odds are, you are a short auto ride away from the path of totality.

The best way to view a solar eclipse is with special, super-dark glasses made specifically for the event.

Fake, damaged, or un-certified glasses can cause a permanent burn inside the eye known as a "solar maculopathy".

As I drive to work I look ahead at the road and take periodic glances down at my speedometer to make sure I don't get a speeding ticket. The rest of the USA gets a partial eclipse that extends into Canada and to the top of South America.

Viewers in Madison will witness a partial eclipse. The solar eclipse will happen from 1:30 p.m.to 4:30 p.m.

The American Astronomical Society, AAS, has a list of reputable vendors of manufacturers and authorized dealers of solar filters and glasses, and says glasses should carry the worldwide safety standard number "ISO 12312-2". Camera owners may take photos before or after the period of totality if they have a special solar camera filter to protect their camera from damage.

What can happen when you look directly at the sun? You'll easily see flares and prominences churning and emanating from the sun's violent surface. They're smart enough to never look at the sun anyway! If you live in Southern California, you'll see at least 75 percent of the sun covered by the moon.

As I eat breakfast in the morning, I look down at my smartphone and read the news.

Nasa will have a livestream of the event which you can watch online.

On Monday, library staff will provide numbers to up to 50 guests beginning at 12:15 p.m.

Protective filters sold on multiple websites to view the eclipse can help, but be careful what you buy.

Instead of a piece of cardboard with a hole in it, you can also use a cooking spoon with holes in it and see multiple images of the solar eclipse.

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