Practice Solar Eclipse Safety
A solar eclipse will occur on Aug. 21, 2017. For about two or three hours, most of
north America will be able to view a partial eclipse. In Wilkes-Barre, the event
will begin at approximately 1:18 p.m. and end at 3:57 p.m., with the maximum eclipse
visible at 2:41 p.m.
Looking directly into the sun during the eclipse is not safe. The concentrated rays can cause serious damage to the eyes, known a retinal burns or “solar retinopathy.”
How to Watch the Eclipse Safely
According to NASA:
“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. Eclipse viewers should meet ISO 12312-2 international standard.”
NASA offers these safety tips for the 2017 Solar Eclipse:
- Do not look directly at the sun.
- Solar filters, or eclipse glasses, provide the only safe way to look directly at a partial or total eclipse. Make sure they meet the ISO 12312-2 standard.
- Make sure the solar viewer or glasses include the manufacturer’s name and address.
- Do not use solar glasses that are older than three years or have scratched lenses
- Do not use homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses.
- Do not look at an eclipse through an unfiltered camera viewfinder, telescope, binoculars or other optical device even with a solar filter. Those items magnify sunrays and can quickly damage the retina.
- Always supervise children who use solar filters.
More from NASA:
- Make sure to check the “eclipse glasses” or solar viewer before you use them
- Cover your eyes with the viewing device before looking up at the sun
- Look away from the sun before taking off the viewing device
- DO NOT USE a camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device even when using eclipse glasses or solar viewer
- Sunglasses are not appropriate viewing devices
If driving during the eclipse:
- Watch out for other drivers trying to watch the eclipse
- Keep your headlights on
- Keep your visor down so you’re not tempted to look at the sun
- Don’t take pictures or video while driving.
Additional information is available from NASA at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/.