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Posted on: August 16, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Solar Eclipse Safety


On August 21, America will "host" a total eclipse of the sun. The main path of the eclipse, from Oregon to South Carolina, will cover the area in total darkness for about two minutes in the early afternoon. Stars will come out.

Florida will experience 75% to 90% eclipsing of the sun, meaning that the sun will not be totally covered by the moon and this means that Florida residents will have an exposure to their eyes should they look directly at the partial eclipse.

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. 


Refer to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers page for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products. Also see the NASA link below for more information.

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