Public Libraries Giving Away Solar Eclipse Glasses

  • Public Libraries Giving Away Solar Eclipse Glasses

Public Libraries Giving Away Solar Eclipse Glasses

Parents and kids filled the room at the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History with excitement and curiosity about an upcoming spectacle in the sky - a total solar eclipse on Aug 21. Any observers located within the 70-mile-wide path of the shadow (called the path of totality) will witness a total solar eclipse.

The first total eclipse of the sun to be seen in the continental United States in 38 years is almost here.

Weather-permitting, a partial solar eclipse will be visible on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, as seen from CT. This is the first total eclipse over the lower 48 states since 1979.

After Baily's Beads disappear, you enter the most exciting part of an eclipse: Totality.

How to view the solar eclipse for first timers!

Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun.

Homemade filters and ordinary sunglasses don't provide enough protection for looking at the sun or the eclipse.

At Lake Mead, 71 percent of the sun will be eclipsed. One is the Exploratorium App, the center's Total Solar Eclipse free app, which features live video streams from OR and Wyoming as well as educational videos on the sun and how eclipses happen.

In Michigan, 75 to 90 percent of the eclipse will be visible, meaning the moon will block 75 to 90 percent of the sun. Do you have eclipse glasses already?

"We never had this data because this doesn't happen very often - that the path is crossing land mass for this long of time", said Dr. Han Uitenbroeck, the director of the National Solar Observatory in New Mexico.

"If you watched the sun before totality, you will catch a glimpse of the brilliant solar surface and this can cause retinal damage, though the typical human instinctual response is to quickly look away before any severe damage has actually occurred", the site says.

Yes. You need to use some sort of special protection for your eyes, whether it be eclipse glasses, or shade #14 welder's glass. If the solar filter shows any signs of damage, they are not safe to use. Eclipse glasses are rated for you to actually look at the sun.

Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly. The American Astronomical Society recommends buying eclipse glasses from one of the reputed vendors it lists on its website.