You can experience the eclipse safely, but it is vital that you protect your eyes at all times with the proper solar filters.
On August 21, 2017, parts of the U.S. will get the chance to see a total solar eclipse, and the entire country will experience at least a partial eclipse! ISEA would like to remind eclipse viewers to stay safe, and take precautions to keep their eyes safe to truly appreciate this once-in-a-lifetime event. The consequences of not taking precautions are serious – such as impaired vision and possibly even blindness.
According to NASA, “the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers that are verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products.”
NASA also suggest using a number 14 welder’s glass, as a safe solar viewing alternative to eclipse glasses. NASA states “it is imperative that the welding hood houses a #14 or darker filter. Do not view through any welding glass if you do not know or cannot discern its shade number. Be advised that arc welders typically use glass with a shade much less than the necessary #14. A welding glass that permits you to see the landscape is not safe. Inexpensive eclipse glasses have special safety filters that appear similar to sunglasses, but these do permit safe viewing.”
Visit NASA’s “Eclipse 101” resource page for additional eclipse eye safety information at: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety
Visit the American Astronomical Society’s page for events and activities: https://eclipse.aas.org/
Show us your safe solar eye protection on Twitter: @isea_safety using the hashtag #EclipseEyeSafety2017