NASA announces television coverage for August 21 solar eclipse

Cesar Mills
August 13, 2017

That is largely because this year's spectacle will be the first in 99 years to span the entire continental United States - the world's third most populous nation - across a 70-mile-wide (113-km) path over 14 states, from the Pacific coast of OR to the Atlantic shore of SC. When will another big eclipse be visible in the United States?

From noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St., will hold an AWS Special Abilities and Solar Eclipse Preparation Day for people with disabilities and for the general public. Within the path of totality, you can safely witness the two or more minutes when the moon completely covers the sun with the naked eye. The American Astronomical Society, a NASA partner, has verified that these manufacturers are making eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers that meet the ISO 12312-2 worldwide standard for such products.

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Even as makers of certified, safety-tested solar eye ware rushed to meet surging demand before the August 21 eclipse, they have joined astronomers and optometrists in warning of defective knockoffs flooding the US market. Turn away from the sun before removing the solar filter.

You will also need to use solar filter on cameras, binoculars and telescopes and don't use eclipse glasses to look through them. The optical device concentrates the sun's light, which can damage the solar viewer and then your eyes. The filter should always go on the front of the device.

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