Tips for viewing the 2017 Midwest solar eclipse

Solar eclipse frequently asked questions: Do I need special glasses? Will my dog be safe?

Additionally, as viewers outside the path of totality will only experience a partial eclipse, they must wear viewing glasses throughout the entire event to see the action.

"The problem with that is if you stare directly at the sun or at an eclipse it can cause permanent damage to the eye", retina specialist Dr. Omar Punjabi said.

It is safe to view an eclipse through eclipse glasses if the glasses come from a reputable vendor.

That means that even the ones that are marked as compliant could be fake. The AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force has been working diligently to compile a list of such vendors, now posted on its Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers page.

When Ralph Chou was about 12 years old, he took all the right precautions to watch his first solar eclipse. It is no longer sufficient to look for the logo of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and a label indicating that the product meets the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for filters for direct viewing of the sun's bright face.

Only five of those exist - American Paper Optics, Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold film only), Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17.

Here's NASA's other suggestion if you don't have glasses. your fingers. The idea with these is they block the light and they block the full spectrum of light. The filters are also created to let through enough light to view the event comfortably.

They also recommend that you avoid some of the more recent homemade alternatives that are popping up online.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the moon appears to completely cover the disk of the sun in the sky.

Do not think that layering many sheets of dark tinting will be safe. The bad news is that there are many companies trying to pass off uncertified knockoffs as eclipse glasses. Because they are in such high demand (theoretically 300 million or so people in the US need them), you never now if there will be any delay with the shipping. They also allow viewers to look at the sun for an unlimited amount of time.

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