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Solar eclipse 2017: Don't have glasses? Here's how you can still watch

21 August 2017

A safe solar filter will produce a view of the sun that is about as bright as the full moon surrounded by a dark sky as well as block out more than 99 percent of the sun's light which would be rather harmful, according to the American Astronomical Society (AAS). This simulation can help give you a better idea of what to look for during the solar eclipse and determine if you should make the trek to the path of totality.

If you haven't gotten your eclipse glasses yet, you're running out of time. They should have the number 12312-2, which is the worldwide number for safe eclipse viewing. He said it was even more risky and likened it to using a magnifying glass to start fires by reflecting the sun. Use the solar eclipse glasses over regular ones.

"You will see in this case a crescent", Stewart said adding that because the moon is going to be cutting off a large part of the sun, the visible light is really going to be focused. The library has about 100 of those glasses left for the first 100 people who come to Sunday's program. Specialty glasses can be purchased, as well as pinhole viewers.

One of the first tips in viewing any eclipse is to have a proper eye protection. So you may not realize the damage you can do by looking at the sun. "Central Daylight Time in Nashville, for example, and at that time the partial eclipse will be underway in Nashville; the eclipse in Nashville goes total at 1:27 p.m. CDT on August 21, which is 8:27 a.m. Hawaiʻi Time...", according to information compiled by the Planetarium.

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A total eclipse happens when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun and completely blots out the sun's light, except for the corona of its outer atmosphere.

The partial eclipse will begin in Boston at 1:28 p.m. when the moon takes its journey in front of the sun.

The Great American Eclipse will make its way across North America Monday, Aug. 21, stretching from OR in the west to SC in the east. The app is available for both Android and iOS. The rest of North America - weather-permitting - will view a partial eclipse.

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Morehead said, "It is possible to look at the sun with the right kind of telescope". A special solar filter (in addition to your protective eyewear) is needed to protect your camera and your eyes.

There are plenty of other places to see the eclipse live. The eclipse glasses can be worn by dogs, but would only be needed if the owner is making the dog stare into the sun, which veterinarians discourage.

So, you should also check the AAS's website to make sure your pair was made by a reputable manufacturer.

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Solar eclipse 2017: Don't have glasses? Here's how you can still watch