You Need Special Glasses If You Want To See The Eclipse

03 August, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Yolanda Murray
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If this event results in a total obscuration of the sun it is called a total eclipse.

In western MA we will see a partial eclipse of the Sun with roughly 72 percent of it covered by the Moon.

Photographer and retired Western Carolina University professor Roger Bacon will lead an informational session at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.

The upcoming total solar eclipse will be the 19th one he has seen after a lifetime of eclipse chasing. Sunglasses will not provide sufficient protection from solar radiation as you watch for the event to begin, so during the time leading up to the eclipse and as it ends, it's imperative to use solar filters or viewing glasses.

Additionally, the OMNI Theater will be offering special discounted screenings of the film Solar Max in the OMNI Theater at 11:00am and 2:00pm on this day for only $5.00 per person.

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The eclipse will be visible across the continental United States and is the first of its kind since 1979. Viewers all across the state are invited to participate by recording the atmospheric temperatures before, during and after the eclipse.

Even glasses that claim to be ISO-certified might not be because some producers are going as far as to make fake labels, Space.com reports.

Here in Rockwall, our deepest eclipse will be when 76.6% of the Sun is covered by the Moon.

The good news is that these eclipse glasses are not particularly expensive.

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. But there are some cool phenomena associated with the partial eclipse such as Sun Dapples, Sunspot trickery and more.

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In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 1,325 tickets for a grand viewing with speakers and telescopes on 6,643-foot-high Clingmans Dome sold out in five minutes.

This month's eclipse fortunately comes in August when skies tend to be clear. 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.

"We've seen examples of what appear to be ordinary sunglasses being sold as solar viewers, and that's frightful", says Rick Fienberg, an astronomer and press officer with the American Astronomical Society. "You want to have something that's safe", he explained. They also allow viewers to look at the sun for an unlimited amount of time.

Viewing the eclipse takes some preparation.

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