Project Your Eyes During a Solar Eclipse

Project Your Eyes During a Solar Eclipse

Even when 99 percent of the sun's surface is obscured during the partial phases of an eclipse, the remaining crescent of sun is still intense enough to cause retinal burn.

"What we want to do is predict phenomena that effects us on earth - what we call space weather", Uitenbroeck said.

Is there anytime during the eclipse that people can look up at the sun, not AT the sun, but at the eclipse during?

"I actually saw an eclipse when I was young and I was told then and I still believe now there's damage that can be done to your eyes", said Shaw. Only viewers in that 70 mile swath, Topeka is not in that area, can safely witness the 2 or so minutes of total eclipse with the naked eye.

So what will the sun look like your proper glasses? "It will definitely alter your color vision".

"It is certainly risky to look at the sun with a naked eye and that's why it's important to get the correct glasses", Merlo says. If you notice any scratches or damages, do not use them.

The rods and cones in the human retina are very sensitive to light.

"With solar retinopathy, the effects come 12 to 24 hours after the event". And, like, three more weddings this Fall where you kind of have to take off a Friday for travel.

First things first: For most of the period before and after totality, you won't notice a thing unless you look at the sun with approved solar eye protection. "We want customers to buy with confidence anytime they make a purchase on Amazon.com and eclipse glasses sold on Amazon.com are required to comply with the relevant ISO standard". They are darker than normal sunglasses and filter out more sun.

They might be found in a handful of retailers in Naperville, but buyer beware of online shopping - people have been getting counterfeit shades from big online stores.

Fayetteville Public Library - The library is giving away the glasses while supplies last during an eclipse prep event on Sunday (Aug. 13) from 1:30-4 p.m. Two to five eclipses occur each year, and only occur when the moon's orbit crosses the Earth's ecliptic plane.

What about pinhole viewers?

In other areas of partial eclipse, different parts of the sun will be visible.

Unfortunately, because the human eye still sees the world as, "sunny", even if the majority of the sun is blocked by the moon, we'll miss the show if it's overcast in Houston, or in any location across the majority of the country.

Also, always avoid looking at the sun through an unfiltered camera, smartphone, telescope, or any other optical device.

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