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Advice from an eye doctor on viewing the eclipse safely

12 August 2017

The map shows the swath along the path of total eclipse, where the sun will be fully covered, in blue ranging from deep to light. Partial eclipses happen a couple of times per year around the globe, but full solar eclipses are rarer.

Solar eclipse glasses allow the user to stare at the sun without the potential for harm to the viewers eyes.

"I have seen instances where the patient has eventually shown up with crescents burned into the back of the eye, and you can nearly tell exactly when they looked", Ralph Chou, professor emeritus at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo in Canada, told

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Amateur astronomers such as Yogeshwar Kanu Aggarwal, Luv Sharma, and Surinder Solanki, will accompany Bahmba, whose expedition includes taking photographs of all important phases observed during a total eclipse - called as "contacts".

Eclipse Watch Party!: On August 21 the solar eclipse will be viewable in Hays, KS between 12 PM and 2 PM.

Real solar eclipse glasses have specially designed filters that keep your eyes protected. "Normally if you look directly at the sun, the natural response is to squint, shield your eyes, blink or turn away".

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Here in the Adirondacks, the eclipse will be around 62 percent, creating a crescent sun.

Johann Berkowski captured the total solar eclipse in 1851. However, in Madison - where a maximum of 85 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon at about 1:15 p.m. - that won't be an option.

"There are some folks out there who've perhaps never viewed a total eclipse before". Even if you are not in the direct line of the eclipse, you might still want to head outside to see a partial eclipse. According to Nasa's solar scientist Mitzi Adams, plants will be affected by the eclipse. The eclipse will move from the West Coast to the East Coast, ending near Columbia, South Carolina, at 2:44 p.m. So this area besides being within 1.5 seconds of the longest eclipse time in the US, it also will have the best quality shadow. Come to the library for a viewing party!

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That's not saying that pets should be kept indoors during the eclipse, but if you plan on sharing the experience with the family's beloved pet, perhaps handing them their own pair of eclipse glasses is the safe way to go.

Advice from an eye doctor on viewing the eclipse safely