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Total Solar Eclipse 
August 21, 2017 ðŸ”­

     Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be able to see an eclipse of the sun. This eclipse is called a total solar eclipse. 

What is a total solar eclipse?

     The Moon completely covers the disk of the Sun. Only the Sun's corona is visible. This is the most dramatic stage of a total solar eclipse. At this time, the sky goes dark, temperatures can fall, and animals often go quiet. The midpoint of time of totality is known as the maximum point of the eclipse. Observers in the path of the Moon's umbra may be able to see Baily's beads and the diamond ring effect, just after totality ends.

     This will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. 

Protect Your Eyes ðŸ˜Ž

Never look direct at the Sun, eclipsed or otherwise,without proper protective eyewear!

     The Sun’s UV radiation can burn the retinas in your eyes, and cause permanent damage or even blindness. To watch a solar eclipse safely, wear protective eclipse glasses or project an image of the eclipsed Sun using a pinhole projector. (See video below for how to make a pinhole projector). Also below is a video from AAA reminding drivers to be careful of driving when the Eclipse is taking place. 

 Reliable Solar Viewer Brands ( According to NASA ) 

  • American Paper Optics (Eclipser) / EclipseGlasses.com / 3dglassesonline.com
  • APM Telescopes (Sunfilter Glasses)
  • Celestron (EclipSmart Glasses & Viewers)
  • DayStar (Solar Glasses)
  • Explore Scientific (Solar Eclipse Sun Catcher Glasses)
  • Halo Solar Eclipse Spectacles
  • Lunt Solar Systems (SUNsafe SUNglasses) [see their unique kid-size eclipse glasses]
  • Meade Instruments (EclipseView Glasses & Viewers)
  • Rainbow Symphony (Eclipse Shades)
  • Seymour Solar (Helios Glasses)
  • Solar Eclipse International / Cangnan County Qiwei Craft Co. (plastic glasses only)
  • Thousand Oaks Optical (Silver-Black Polymer & SolarLite)
  • TSE 17 / 110th.de (Solar Filter Foil) 


How to Tell If Your Eclipse Glasses or Handheld Solar Viewers Are Safe? 

You need to know that they meet the ISO 12312-2 (sometimes written as ISO 12312-2:2015) international safety standard. Filters that are ISO 12312-2 compliant not only reduce visible sunlight to safe and comfortable levels but also block solar UV and IR radiation. The AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force has been working diligently to compile a list of such vendors, listed above.