AAA recommends planning ahead for viewing solar eclipse

  • AAA recommends planning ahead for viewing solar eclipse

AAA recommends planning ahead for viewing solar eclipse

If you're looking forward to viewing the upcoming solar eclipse august 21, don't take chances and wear appropriate eyewear, advises an ophthalmologist at Penn State Health. The last time the contiguous US saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

"It now appears that some companies are printing the ISO logo and certification label on fake eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers made with materials that do not block enough [light]", the AAS said.

On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will occur across the United States. Flights to cities in the eclipse's "path of totality", the geographic regions where the moon will completely cover the sun for a few minutes, are soaring. About 12 million people live directly along this path, and another 200 million are within a day's drive (including many Canadians).

Although the total eclipse will not pass directly over Virginia, approximately 81 percent of the sun's surface will be eclipsed in the Washington, D.C., area.

In total this total solar eclipse will last for 90 minutes from OR to SC. According to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the solar eclipse is a celestial coincidence as the sun is 400 times wider than the moon is about 400 times farther away. Most any of the solar shades you find should work as long as they are compliant with 12312-2 global safety standards. You can also purchase glasses at Lowe's, Best Buy, Kroger and Wal-Mart.

And since viewing a solar eclipse without the proper equipment can be risky, the app also provides a guide to viewing one safely.

In Philly, the solar eclipse kicks off around 1:20 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

"Don't ever look directly at the sun without a proper filter during an eclipse", Herring said. During the eclipse, trees will create myriad, shimmering images of the sun in eclipse. The umbral is the small shadow cast on Earth where people will be able to see a total eclipse.

The Aug. 21 eclipse - dubbed "The Great American Eclipse" - will stretch from OR at its start to SC in the east. "Solar viewing glasses can also be purchased directly from manufacturers like Rainbow Symphony and American Paper Optics, and B&H Photo Video".