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2017 Solar Eclipse Information and Safe Viewing Tips

ARE YOU READY FOR THE SOLAR ECLIPSE ACROSS AMERICA?

Never look directly at the sun, eclipsed or not. The Sun’s UV radiation can burn the retinas in the eyes leading to permanent damage or even blindness. This can occur even if your eyes are exposed to direct sunlight for just a few seconds. Proper eye protection, like eclipse glasses or a sun filter, is the only safe option. Sunglasses don’t work.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of the United States will have a solar eclipse. The moon will cover at least part of the sun for 2 to 3 hours. Halfway through, anyone within a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a brief total eclipse. The moon will completely block the sun’s bright face for up to 2 minutes 40 seconds. Day will turn into night, and (weather permitting) one of nature’s most awesome sights will become visible: the sun’s shimmering outer atmosphere, or corona. The American Optometric Association, in partnership with the American Astronomical Society, is providing detailed information so that you can safely view the eclipse.
A free information sheet can be downloaded by clicking here.
For more detailed information about the eclipse, its path, and timing, visit eclipse.aas.org, or eclipse2017.nasa.gov.
Access solar filters and “eclipse glasses” by clicking here
(Information courtesy of the American Astronomical Society)