The eclipse will shake up day time temperatures

How to watch the eclipse without solar viewing glasses

How to watch the eclipse without solar viewing glasses

Millions of Americans will watch the August 21 solar eclipse and have either purchased or will purchase eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers to do so.

"Even using binoculars or a telescope, you could severely damage your eyes or even go blind", JPL experts said.

"Viewing a total solar eclipse is a once in a lifetime experience for most people, and it should be enjoyed and treasured".

(3) UVA rays damage the eye's lens and can harm the sensitive retina at the back of the eye and the macula, causing macular degeneration and permanent blindness.

1600 pairs of solar eclipse glasses distributed from the John A. Moran Eye Center are being recalled by Amazon. This blocks out all UV rays and almost all visible light. However, if you're outside the path of the total eclipse, like me, then it's never safe because the sun will only be partially covered.

Only five manufacturers are recognized by both NASA and American Astronomical Society (AAS) for meeting ISO standards for viewing the eclipse, including Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, TSE 17 and Baader Planetarium. These let through only about a millionth of the sun's light, protection regular sunglasses simply do not offer. "The only thing you're going to be able to see is when you put them on the sun it's going to look like a little orange or yellowish ball", Feipel said. Those who have questions or who feel their vision may have been affected by the solar eclipse are urged to contact Pacific University EyeClinics.

The Slidell Branch is also offering a children's program on the eclipse.

You can also view the eclipse by creating a pinhole projector.

A total solar eclipse is the result of the moon passing directly between the sun and the Earth at precisely the correct distance to completely obscure all or part of the sun. Fienberg said the counterfeit glasses have made it hard for them to keep you safe. There are lots of tutorials on how to make safe, DIY eclipse viewers online.

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