How to protect your eyes during eclipse

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To safely view the sun you need eclipse glasses or welder's goggles rated 14 or higher, specially designed solar telescopes or solar binoculars, a telescope, camera or binoculars with approved solar filters or a pinhole projector. Many people who observe a total eclipse of the sun report experiencing a sense of awe bordering on the spiritual.

This total eclipse will be the first in the continental USA since 1979, and OR will be the first state in the country to witness it. OR also offers the best weather prospects along the entire eclipse path. NASA estimates 500 million people will be able to see it, in partial or in total form. The event is the first total solar eclipse to be visible in the U.S.in more than two decades, and the first in the contiguous 48 states in more than three decades. The next will be in 2024.

Opening from 11 a.m. until daylight returns, RagApple Lassie will welcome visitors for free to its eight-acre back lawn where food trucks will be set up. "I admit it", says Chou, who notes that despite all the eclipses he has seen, he has never hurt his eyes. "Often people aren't even aware of the damage since the retina lacks pain receptors".

Special eclipse viewing glasses as well as other items also can be found at places like Lowe's and Walmart. NASA recommends buying ones that have the label ISO 12312-2. In Sacramento, they can be purchased at the Powerhouse Science Center's gift shop. You're looking the sun.

It's impossible to say exactly how common eye injuries are among eclipse watchers. The Chadron Record has a limited supply of the glasses, and the Chadron Chamber of Commerce also has them in stock on a first come-first serve basis.

Donald Liebenberg has been in the shadow of totality more than anyone on earth - more than 2 1/2 hours altogether.

Starting from OR to SC, 14 states will experience more than two minutes of totality, including the state of Kansas.

The only time it will be safe to look with the naked eye is during the brief window of so-called "totality", when the sun is completely blocked by the moon.

This astronomical event will take place on August 21, the first one to cross the US since 1991.

As the moon passes between the earth and the sun, it will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years whose path of totality crosses the continental US from coast to coast. We won't experience the total darkness that comes in the path of totality.

What is a total eclipse like?

Seeing an eclipse can be a unique experience. A few bright stars and planets shine familiarly, like memories from a distant childhood, but the most prominent object is thoroughly foreign. We'll have exclusive content and everything you need to know leading up to the big day on August 21! "It is the eye of the cosmos".

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