How to avoid buying 'bogus' solar eclipse glasses

10 August, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Lunar eclipse on August 7

Halfway through the sky spectacle, anyone within a roughly 70-mile-wide path from OR to SC will experience a brief total eclipse, when the moon completely blocks the sun's bright face for up to 2 minutes 40 seconds according to NASA.

The path of totality covers 14 states from OR to SC. For you, parent, the eclipse will give you the opportunity to create a memory your children won't forget.

MICHAEL ZEILER: It's as if you're on the surface of an alien planet because the sky is unlike anything you've ever seen. It will be a memory you'll never forget. The next total eclipse visible from the US will take place in 2024.

ZEILER: You will see light along the horizon shift all around you. Personally, I think anytime you can get people to gaze at the heavens and pay attention to natural phenomena, it's a win. Add to all this the expected crowds traveling to see the show - estimated to be anywhere between 1.85 and 7.4 million people - and it becomes crucial for government agencies to have real-time situational awareness of personnel, resources and highway infrastructures. You also shouldn't use any other unfiltered devices such as binoculars, cameras or telescopes.

ZEILER: Yes. It has a different appearance with every single eclipse, so even longtime eclipse chasers like myself are excited to see the corona because it has a number of handsome features - streamers, fans. "I have patients who viewed the sun 40 years ago, who remain without central vision in their affected eyes". "It's happening at midday, but it will be like twilight or evening for the minute or two it's happening".

The Vikings, the natives of northwestern America, the ancient civilizations in Vietnam, and many other places around the world had their own guesses as to what was happening when an eclipse took place. This year scientists, climatologists, and astronomy fans in general are excited to see what new information can be scored in regards to studying the corona, solar temperatures, and even studying our own climate and atmosphere.


SHAPIRO: Boy, it'll be disappointing if everybody travels these miles and it's cloudy that day. "That's a lot of people to suddenly arrive on the doorstep of the towns that are in the path, and I can imagine that when totality hits, if they're on I-5 between Eugene and Portland, they're probably just going to pull over and watch it, which may cause chaos on the freeways". I'm targeting Wyoming as my destination.

"You can take a shoebox, make a small hole on one end, put a little projection screen, white paper, on the opposite end of the box, direct that towards the sun". That will be a wonderful spectacle for people that are outside the path.

And if the weather doesn't cooperate-if it's exceptionally cloudy or rainy that day, or conditions are otherwise less than ideal, we'll see even less of the eclipse than is now projected.

ZEILER: No, absolutely not. On top of that, SC will see totality the latest in the day - after 2:30 p.m. If you can't find a free pair, you can buy them online from one of the reputable vendors at the bottom of this email. And you will have a tinge of sadness that it's over.

The total eclipse can also be viewed for about a minute in Pawleys Island and areas in the western part of the county including Andrews.

ZEILER: Thank you. It's been my pleasure.

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