Solar eclipse 2017: How to make sure your eclipse glasses are safe

Nicky Forster

Nicky Forster

The district sees the eclipse as a historic event. Boy, you are so wrong. The only time it's safe to look without your eclipse glasses is during the brief period of total eclipse, when the moon totally covers the face of the sun. This is called a partial solar eclipse, and it isn't almost as impressive as the view of a totally eclipsed sun within the umbra. In addition to falling under the path of totality this time, the city and university will fall under it again when the next solar eclipse crosses the U.S.in 2024. Warning: don't look directly at it with your naked eyes-instead, use certified eclipse glasses or the pinhole method described here. NebraskaOn eclipse day, put on your special glasses and view the big show from the Lincoln Saltdogs baseball stadium, which is hosting an eclipse-themed game.

1 p.m. August 18 - The library is showing a matinee of a Disney family classic with a plot that revolves around an eclipse.

You risk your eyesight looking at even a partial eclipse with bare eyes. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.

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Totality will first hit OR around 10.15am Pacific time.

NASA has provided a list of reputable vendors for solar filters and viewers. When the Earth, moon and sun line up just right, the moon blocks the sun's entire surface, creating the total eclipse. The relatively thin path of totality will sweep across portions of 14 US states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and SC. Sunglasses (Rx or not; polarized or not) and smoked glass do not contain these layers and as such are NEVER safe for direct viewing of the sun. There is a 70-mile wide "totality zone" stretching from the northwest to the east coast in which people will experience a total eclipse.

'This will allow us to maximize our chance to collect data and connect the shadow of the moon to Earth science'.

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The result is that the sun and the moon appear to be the same size from our perspective.

"They (the public) can come and go - the height of the eclipse is at 1:09 p.m.", said Randi Strutton, the library's programming and outreach manager.

This line-up occurs once every 12 to 18 months.

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From Whatcom County, an 88 percent eclipse will be visible beginning around 9:10 a.m. and reach its maximum eclipse point at 10:21 a.m.

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