Five places to get eclipse glasses before the big day

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

Solar eclipse glasses will be provided to participants.

As thousands get ready to look up at the sun, how do you know if the eclipse glasses you have are the proper ones?

The next solar eclipse visible in Kern County will be October 2023.

The next eclipse that will put the Golden Triangle, and much of north MS, in the path of totality will happen on August 12, 2045.

Eclipse watchers in the 60- to 70-mile-wide "path of totality" that will cut through much of the middle USA could briefly look directly at the eclipse without protection when the moon fully covers the sun. But they should have a stamp on there that says they are ISO approved for viewing the eclipse. The telescopes will be manned by trained volunteers and scientists and the data uploaded will greatly benefit researchers.

While we'll be able to see the eclipse in 85% totality around the Shenandoah Valley, that isn't lessening people's excitement for this momentous occasion. The last total eclipse that crossed the entire continent occurred on June 8, 1918. It will last a little over two hours, during which time the Moon will fully transit across the face of the Sun.

For the station crew, the first partial eclipse opportunity will begin at 12:33 am EDT (GMT-4) and end 13 minutes later.

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The path of 100% totality will pass through parts of Wyoming, Idaho, and South Dakota. So for an eclipse to occur, the moon must land on a specific point where the moon's orbit intersects the earth's orbit. The place where the "greatest eclipse" will occur is in the lower southwestern corner of Kentucky.

At least that's what will happen in the "path of totality", the swatch of land in North America where the Moon's shadow will fall most directly. With the NASA designation comes posters, 1,000 safety viewing glasses, brochures, banners and an encyclopedia of educational options to do during the solar event.

In Michigan, 75 to 90 percent of the eclipse will be visible, meaning the moon will block 75 to 90 percent of the sun.

To protect your eyes when viewing the sun or an eclipse, NASA and the American Astronomical Society (AAS) advise you to use solar eclipse glasses or other solar filters from recommended manufacturers.

Books-A-Million and Toys R Us in Knoxville, along with Lowe's in Harriman say they may get more in next week.

Bitterroot College will also live stream the eclipse on its Facebook page. Look for glasses rated to the ISO 12312-2 worldwide standard. It will be the first coast-to-coast, US -only eclipse in 99 years.

"A lot of people think they can just use a filter on the eye-piece of their telescope but when the light comes through your telescope, it will burn out of the guts and literally light them on fire", she said.

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