Solar eclipse eye safety

Safety | Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - NASA

For the first time in 100 years, a large portion of the USA will be able to see this eclipse, and Google's latest project helps anyone find out the exact time to see the eclipse, and how well they'll see it. Boy, you are so wrong.

"If somebody looks at the sun through such materials, they could incur a retinal injury and by the time they realize it the next day, it will be too late and nothing can be done", Dr. B. Ralph Chou, a retired professor of ophthalmology at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada and a leading expert on eclipse safety, told NBC News MACH in an email. The eclipse on August 21 has a narrow path of totality (about 70 miles wide) which goes across the entire country from OR to SC. The last time the US saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

Place your digital camera in "sports photography" movie mode so that when you depress the button your camera will take a continuous stream of still images.

Flint astronomy buff Mary Coyne is ready for the big event - wearing her eclipse glasses from Longway Planetarium. Kentuckians will have some of the best seats in the house, but safely viewing the eclipse is important. The Tallulah Gorge State Park will host a solar eclipse festival from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug 21. The event aims to help people avoid the traffic jams and watch the partial eclipse here in Twin Falls.

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Spend a long weekend in this lovely town and hike various trails, go fishing, kayaking, tubing or just coast down the Tallulah River, which feeds into Lake Burton - another great spot to view the eclipse from. The following list are those states along its path and thus, most directly impacted: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and SC.

Totality will first hit OR around 10.15am Pacific time.

This NASA visualization shows how the moon throws a shadow onto Earth.

Cleverly, the solid crescent shape is accented with negative space removed from the "L" in and circle above, creating the illusion of a complete circle and a reference to the fact solar eclipses are formed by the moon blocking the sun.

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NASA has a list of certified retailers, and the American Astronomical Society has its own list of solar filter manufacturers and retailers.

These areas aren't usually heavily populated, but because of the momentous occasion this eclipse is considered to be, many, many people are expected to travel to them in order to witness the event. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sun, NASA warns. That's why it looks like the same size as my moon. Such alignments occur about every six months.

From Whatcom County, an 88 percent eclipse will be visible beginning around 9:10 a.m. and reach its maximum eclipse point at 10:21 a.m.

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