Eclipse InformationAug 10, 2017
The Science Museum of Virginia has given us information concerning the Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21st. While we will not be in the path of totality, Virginia will experience on average about 86% of the sun blocked.
There are Dos and Don'ts from the Science Museum listed below, including some glasses that have been identified as safer than others.
Careful and safe viewing!
How can I get in on the action?
Everyone in North America plus parts of South America, Africa and Europe will see at least a partial solar eclipse. But don't just look up...that would be dangerous. Looking at the sun without proper protection can cause retinal burns.
What to do:
* Do view the eclipse through a solar filter, such as a hand-held solar viewer or eclipse glasses.
* Do purchase glasses compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for solar viewers.
* Do put on your glasses before looking up at the sun and take them off after you've turned away from the sun.
* Do put on your eclipse glasses over top of your normal eye glasses if you wear them.
* Do always supervise children using solar filters.
What not to
* Don't try to use regular sunglasses. Even super dark ones won't cut it.
Don't go generic. According to the American Astronomical Society, just four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17
* Don't use any glasses that are scratched or damaged.
* Don't look at the sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device - with or without glasses. The concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
An interactive map that provides times where you live or work can be found at eclipse2017.nasa.gov
General Eclipse Information
What is going on?
We're going to experience a solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the sun for a viewer on Earth.
While total eclipses happen around every 18 months, your spot on Earth determines if you can see them or not. The upcoming eclipse is especially rare because the path of totality - where the moon will completely block the sun - is passing across the continental United States, from coast to coast. The last time this happened was in 1918.