Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Practicing safe viewing for upcoming solar eclipse

US in rare bull's-eye for total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 Vendors may be selling 'fake' solar eclipse glasses. Here's how to make sure yours are real.
Sammy Stanley | 09 August, 2017, 00:13

Solar eclipses are unique celestial events that take place when the sun, moon and Earth are in syzygy, which is when all three bodies lie in a direct line in space.

The first total solar eclipse visible from the US mainland since 1979, and the first where totality will sweep across the continent in 99 years, the upcoming eclipse is causing quite a stir.

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

Eclipse Fests, StarFests, SolarFests, SolFests, Darkening of the SunFests, MoonshadowFests, EclipseCons, Eclipse Encounters and Star Parties are planned along the long but narrow path of totality, where the moon completely blots out the sun.

NEVER look at the eclipse with the naked eye, even at 93% coverage the Sun is still very bright and can cause eye damage. According to NASA, these five manufacturers have certified their eclipse glasses and hand-held solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 global standard: American Paper Optics, Baader Planetarium, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17.

More than 8,000 people are expected to make their way to the football stadium on that Monday to safely witness the total solar eclipse.

Dean Koenig, owner of Starizona said they've sold more than 2,000 pairs of glasses just since the beginning of August.

NASA has provided the glasses that can be used for viewing an eclipse.

"It would be like going to the Super Bowl and sitting outside the stadium rather than being inside and watching it", says Van Horn, a total solar eclipse newbie.

Cameras and telescopes already have existing lenses that are deemed safe to use for viewing and taking photos of the eclipse, but there are also cheaper ways to see the eclipse. Don't miss it and rejoice with us that God created humans beings at the one time and the one place where we could enjoy and benefit from experiencing ideal solar eclipses'. "The path of totality crossed the southeastern U.S. and included portions of Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia and Nantucket".

If you do stare at the sun during a partial eclipse, suffering retinal damage - symptoms may not show up immediately.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has estimated that as much as 4.01GW of power could be missed out on as a result of this solar event in the areas of most totality. "We'll be handing out glasses there and there will be food trucks and a big jumbo screen that will be broadcasting footage from a total eclipse". Staring at the sun with unprotected eyes is always unsafe, except during the few minutes of totality. The sun's disk can be viewed using appropriate filtration to block the harmful part of the sun's radiation.

But all of OR will experience at least a partial eclipse, so businesses and health care organizations are working to make sure plenty of the glasses will be available before August 21. Birds roost. It only lasts a few minutes. The high altitude will put the planes well over cloud cover, and the subsonic speeds should allow for the clearest pictures ever taken of a total eclipse.

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