Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

How to observe the upcoming eclipse safely

How to observe the upcoming eclipse safely

Unlike places like Hopkinsville, which will experience a total eclipse, areas like Evansville will only see a partial eclipse.

But why? Why is looking at the eclipse any worse than looking at the sun on a normal day? These bodies line up about once every 18 months. Corvalis, Albany and Lebanon, Oregon will experience the mid-eclipse times at 10:17 a.m. local time, with peak times in Columbia, South Carolina occurring at 2:43 p.m. And, doesn't the eclipse mean the sun is going dark? This will display the moon's movements as it blocks out the sun.

"The moon and the sun never go directly like near each other". If they meet the standard, you shouldn't be able to see anything through a solar filter except the sun itself.

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Bucklin stresses the importance of using these safety glasses, saying your eyes work like a magnifying glass, and you can be blinded in about a minute.

The umbra (or dark inner shadow) of the moon will be traveling from west to east from nearly 3,000 miles per hour (in western Oregon) to 1,500 miles per hour in SC. The shadow will travel across the path of totality at 1,500 miles per hour, and it will finish its trip through the U.S.at 4:06 P.M ET, when it stops being seen at the coast of SC.

The safest way to look at the sun, whether during an eclipse or not, is through specially designed solar filters. "We're talking about ultraviolet radiation". Visitors will receive a free pair of safe eclipse viewing glasses, while supplies last, make their own pinhole projector, talk with astronomy expert Gil Newton, eat moon, and sun, themed food, and participate in other eclipse-related activities.

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"All of the libraries will have some glasses, but we'll probably have to limit them to one per family, said Al Harmon, circulation supervisor". The optical device concentrates the sun's light, which can damage the solar viewer and then your eyes. She said just like the sun can burn your skin without sunscreen, it can burn your eye tissue without sunglasses. The advice has also been endorsed by NASA, the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

"The best thing to do is to cover the camera lens with a solar filter during the moments before (and after) totality when the sunlight is still blinding". However, it was not always the case. Naturally, there has been a lot of fuss about this astronomical (in both senses) event, and not a few causes for confusion. The workshops will detail the science behind the solar eclipse.

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