Solar Eclipse 2017 Safety Tips

August 10, 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be able to view an eclipse of the sun, where the moon will cover part or all of the sun for about 2 to 3 hours. The total solar eclipse, where the moon blocks the sun completely, will last about 2 minutes. Part of United States, from Oregon to South Carolina, will be in the path of totality or will be able to see a total solar eclipse. In Alexandria, Virginia, we will be able to see a partial solar eclipse between 1:17 pm and 4:01 pm. Click here to see the time table for the solar eclipse in details.

Image Credit: Rick Fienberg, TravelQuest International and Wilderness Travel


Here are a few ways to safely view a solar eclipse:

  1. Never look at the sun directly, eclipsed or not as it can cause permanent damage (or sunburn) to your retina, which can result in vision loss.

  2. Do not wear regular sunglasses.

  3. Use approved solar eclipse viewers or "eclipse glasses" that meet international standard ISO 12312-2 for safe viewing. Stop by our office to purchase a pair, while supplies last.

  4. Cover your eyes with the "eclipse glasses" first, glance at the sun, turn away from the sun, and then remove your filters.

  5. Do not look at a partial eclipse through an unfiltered camera, telescope or binoculars even if you have eclipse glasses on. The concentrated sun rays can damage the eclipse glasses.

  6. If you can't find eclipse viewers, you can build your own pinhole camera to view the eclipse safely.

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