Eclipse Warning: Eye Damage Can be Permanent

People watch a partial eclipse in Belfast Northern Ireland

People watch a partial eclipse in Belfast Northern Ireland

The solar eclipse is August 21.

DIY eclipse viewers were discouraged by the AAS because of the safety risks. To view the eclipse, you'll need something at a 12, 13 or 14.

"For those who are planning on watching this incredible event, make sure you are well prepared with the proper eye protection", Weng said.

If you prefer to do your shopping at brick-and-mortar retailers, says MLive, you can buy approved eclipse glasses at 7-Eleven, Best Buy, Kroger, Love's Travel Stops, Lowe's, Flying Js, Toys "R" Us and Walmart, particularly in places in the path of totality. Viewers are advised to purchase special eclipse glasses stamped with the approval code of ISO 12312-2.

People are understandably freaking out about if their glasses will arrive on time.

Eclipse Warning: Eye Damage Can be Permanent
Eclipse Warning: Eye Damage Can be Permanent

More information about the event is available by calling 708-452-3420. A long list of online, astronomy, science and optics sellers have been listed by the AAS.

We are just 10 days away from the first total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years. Then, on the 21st, there will be a viewing party on the front ramp of the downtown library on Washington Street from 1 to 3 p.m. Eclipse glasses will be provided along with NASA's live stream video presentation of the eclipse.

A solar eclipse glasses factory is working hard to keep up with demand ahead of the much-anticipated eclipse.

"It's so unsafe for people to look at the sun even for brief periods of time because you can cause permanent damage to the retina", Dr. Van Gelder said. The latticed shadows that result will allow people to see a crescent of shadow from above. And even during an eclipse, when the moon is covering the sun's disc, it's not safe to look directly at the sun. "You don't want to use your sunglasses to look at the sun". Schmude recommends children use them only under the supervision of an adult. When you have the real deal, you won't be able to see a thing but the sun.

Two parts of the moon's shadow, the umbra and penumbra, will cross the USA from OR to SC on August 21.

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