Northeast eclipse glasses safe

13 August, 2017, 21:46 | Author: Becky Perry
  • Solar Eclipse Safe Viewing Seminar

This time, the path of total eclipse will be about 70 miles wide and begins in OR on the west coast and travels to SC on the east coast, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reports on its eclipse website, eclipse2017.nasa.gov. "We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse".

Many other people received similar emails from Amazon for eclipse glasses, as stores are selling out of the hot-ticket items with one week to go before the eclipse.

Several area libraries, including the Sequoya and Alicia Ashman branch libraries in Madison, will also give free glasses to attendees of library events leading up to the eclipse.

Doctors say that watching the phenomenon without proper protection can cause serious eye damage or even blindness.

The partial eclipse is scheduled to start in Brookings at 11:37 a.m.

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According to optometrist Wes Wheadon looking at the sun without or with improper eyewear can have devastating effects.

As the total solar eclipse on August 21 draws closer, Amazon is recalling a line of solar eclipse glasses that may not be safe for viewing.

Astronomical society members will set up telescopes with protective solar filters and will have projectors available so people can see the eclipse up close, the news release said. "We want customers to buy with confidence anytime they make a purchase on Amazon.com and eclipse glasses sold on Amazon.com are required to comply with the relevant ISO standard", the company said in a statement. Sunglasses, even dark ones, aren't safe for looking at an eclipse.

"It literally fries it like an egg in a pan and damages the receptors of the eye that prevent you from seeing", Dr. Wheadon said.

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