Where to find safe, affordable eclipse glasses

You can use these glasses to shield your phone camera to take

You can use these glasses to shield your phone camera to take

The total solar eclipse on August 21st will be visible only along a 70-mile wide path that cuts across Nebraska and Missouri. Even if you are not in the direct line of the eclipse, you might still want to head outside to see a partial eclipse.

When daylight slowly surrendered into darkness during a solar eclipse in ancient times, some civilizations believed the spectacle was the result of an enormous creature devouring the sun. The sun will reach its maximum coverage about 1:20 p.m. and stay that way for nearly three minutes. The eclipse will be visible here from about noon to 3 p.m.

Looking directly at the eclipse at any moment except the brief period when the moon has fully eclipsed the sun without certified glasses could damage your eyes.

Here's the deal: Glasses that are safe for directly viewing the sun must meet the standard, set by the International Organization for Standardization, and the glasses or viewer will then indicate that they are ISO 12312-2 compliant. "In our area, it is not going to be completely covered; a sliver of the sun will still be showing; normal sunglasses will not be enough".

People are understandably freaking out about if their glasses will arrive on time. Free solar eclipse viewing glasses will be given out to participants, while supplies last. Paul Hamill, a professor of Earth science at MCC, also is traveling to see the eclipse but did not yet know where he was going at the beginning of the week. NASA suggests the following: cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other. "The entire country will be able to see at least a partial eclipse, but Nashville is in the direct path for the total solar eclipse". The Bravas and Ragin' Cajun food trucks also will be parked nearby so people can enjoy food while they watch.

It's important to mention, not all solar eclipse glasses are created equal.

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Finally, if you can't find glasses, or simply don't trust any of them, optometrists say you can make an old fashioned projector, by putting a pin hole in a piece of cardboard and watching the sun's shadow.

Inspect solar filters before use. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. These use special filters that block out the harmful rays of the Sun.

During a total solar eclipse, the moon moves in front of the sun. "Normally if you look directly at the sun, the natural response is to squint, shield your eyes, blink or turn away".

Getting the chance to watch a solar eclipse is incredible but could also do serious damage to a person's eyes when he or she is not using the proper equipment.

Public libraries, schools, nature centers and even optometrists throughout McHenry County have organized educational sessions and safe viewing events to make the "Great American Eclipse", as it's been named, accessible to all.

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