NASA warns: Keep a wary eye on those glasses

Lunar eclipse on August 7

They were the first to put it through the prospective of science. For older students, it could trigger exciting new career goals.

In addition, more than 200 GO trailer owners will gather at PARI for Camp Dark Sky the weekend of the eclipse, joining all those NASA scientists as the sun disappears.

SHAPIRO: If people can't get to the path of totality, what will this eclipse be like for people who might get a partial but not total eclipse?

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Because the Inquisitr doesn't link to retail websites as a matter of practice, we won't link them here. That can easily be interpreted as, "this event is unsafe and should not be watched". "They're not", said Dave Thompson, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation. I explained to school staff we were going on an excursion. And it's a great teaching moment for our kids.

The total solar eclipse will soon be shining down on Christian County, and eye doctors are educating viewers on how to properly protect their eyes.

The attractive Rainbow Springs Conserved Property near Franklin will be the site of an eclipse celebration hosted by Mainspring Conservation Trust Monday, Aug. 21. It will start on the West Coast and end on the East Coast.

Solar eclipse glasses can be bought in stores, including some Walmart and Lowe's Home Improvement locations, according to the American Astronomical Society, which helped NASA compile a list of reputable manufacturers.

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We can't stare at the sun without protective eyewear, though. 2800 E. Observatory Road, Griffith Park; Mon., Aug. 21, 9 a.m. -noon; free.

So bring your camera and your appetite on August 19 for a night of Bend culture and local art, solar eclipse themed-appetizers and drinks and expert photog advice. Free, and co-sponsored by Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.

Elsewhere, communities in the path of totality are expecting overwhelming crowds. "You need to wear eclipse glasses any time you are staring at the sun". Anyone in that spot will see the sun partially or totally covered up by the moon. Bright stars and planets will become visible as well. Whether you're on the eclipse trail, or just curious about what this southern city has to offer, you won't be bored.

And if the weather doesn't cooperate-if it's exceptionally cloudy or rainy that day, or conditions are otherwise less than ideal, we'll see even less of the eclipse than is now projected.

But as demand for these glasses has skyrocketed, scams have entered the market.

- You can also watch the ground for something special. A station to make pinhole projectors to safely view the eclipse will be available, and live feeds from NASA observatories of the eclipse passing through the country will be displayed on the planetarium's dome screen.

- You might also enjoy paying attention to how the ambient light changes during the eclipse. It will be fascinating to see how nature responds to this event. Viewers in areas with total coverage will be able to take their glasses off during the peak of the event, when sun rays are completely blocked, but Minnesotans who want to watch will need to keep their protective eyewear on.

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