A rare solar eclipse is taking place on August 21 - and America's national parks are getting in on it.
"Even though we're not going to have the total eclipse, you still can get eye damage from looking at a partial eclipse, so it is very important to protect your eyes", said Dr. Stepien.
That would be like not being able to see the center of any objects you're viewing. Organizers promise extra telescopes, hands-on astronomy activities and free solar viewing glasses to the first 1,000 guests. Prior to that, the last eclipse to traverse from coast to coast was June 8, 1918.
As the expected solar eclipse approaches this month, authorities have warned people of buying bogus sunglasses in the market. During the eclipse, you'll see the shadow of the moon pass in front of the sun.
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For more information on how to view the 2017 solar eclipse safely, visit NASA's website.
Viewing at Burke Lake and Accotink Parks. Listen to a naturalist presentation on the lore behind eclipse events. Looking at the sun directly, even just the sliver of sun visible before the total eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage. This would thus be the best time to review the list of "reputable vendors" of solar filters and viewers that was recommended by the American Astronomical Society.
If you miss this one, the next solar eclipse visible from the United States will be on April 8, 2024.