Don't eclipse your eyesight; take precautions to view celestial event

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And in the, please don't even consider an app like for a moment - Solar Eclipse glasses (99 cents) says it is handy when stores have run out of solar glasses.

It will look like a typical overcast, dark kind of a day. It's not political or polarizing.

- Solar Timer ($1.99) offers app-generated voices to "talk" you through the eclipse, counting down to the moment of totality and alerts on when it's safe to take off your glasses. And, according to those who have seen one, it's a deeply emotional experience.

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

If the skies do not cooperate for us here, try a livestream of the eclipse from for example. But they should have a stamp on there that says they are ISO approved for viewing the eclipse.

Dr. Henderson notes that the eclipse will last for about three hours, but the sun will only be fully covered by the moon for a few seconds at about 1:30 p.m.

We're just days away from a solar eclipse - and you're not going to want to miss it.

While we'll be able to see the eclipse in 85% totality around the Shenandoah Valley, that isn't lessening people's excitement for this momentous occasion.

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Figure out your plan. Then the shadow will start decreasing until the full sun is again visible at about 4 p.m. Your kids may or may not be in school, and your boss may or may not let you take the day off. You can bring a chair and a lunch or purchase food from May the Cheese Be With You, a food truck, starting at noon. The AAS recognizes that bogus pair of solar viewers have been "flooding the market".

Warning: It is not safe to view the eclipse with the naked eye or with sunglasses! Working with partners, we can protect what is special about parks so that they are there for you to enjoy.

You can order solar eclipse viewing glasses off websites like Amazon, just make sure they have the certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 global standard. Prepare to go somewhere with clear skies.

Merlo also explains prices can range from a couple cents to a couple of dollars depending on how many you order but he recommends ordering glasses as soon as possible as they are in high demand, in fact many places in the Tri-State are still sold out.

If you happen to miss this one or the clouds come in to spoil it, your next best chance will be on April 8, 2024.

Valerie Schremp Hahn is a features writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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