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Clear? Cloudy? What will Canada see for the Solar Eclipse?

12 August 2017

If it happens to be cloudy where you are, but the Sun is still peaking through those clouds, be very careful about whether or not you are wearing your eclipse glasses.

Well, if you go to one of your eye care people in the area, they should be able to assess that. Under no circumstances should you ever look directly at the sun. Regular sunglasses are a no-go. With the total solar eclipse right around the cosmic corner, eye doctors are going into nagging overdrive. They're typically made of cardboard and only cost a dollar or two each.

Don't look at the eclipse, unless of course you live in the backwoods of Tennessee. Stores are likely to run out too at some point.

An alternative to using eclipse glasses is to use a number 14 welder's mask. Some of those look a bit more fashionable.

Mariana Lazarova, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, appreciates the opportunities that come with a solar eclipse.

Laura Shelton, a first-grade teacher at the Discovery School in Shelbyville, Ky., learned that lesson the hard way. NASA also released a list of suggested manufacturers and retailers.

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Spotting the fakes is rather easy. Look for glasses rated to the ISO 12312-2 global standard. The sun is so bright that we squint, our eyes tear up, and we look away. And all it takes is punching a pinhole in a piece of paper.

Brown pelicans and frigatebirds that had been foraging over the water before the eclipse left the bay 13 minutes before totality and didn't return until 12 minutes after the solar disk was fully revealed. The shadow of your fingers on the ground will show the "pin hole" image of the sun caused by the small spaces between your fingers. The temperature will drop.

"You might say well it's 99%".

The lyrics in this one just speak for itself: "You're one in a million/You're once in a lifetime/You made me discover one of the stars above us".

"You don't want to screw up those two minutes". The map shows where the path of totality is located.

Staring at the sun during an eclipse with uncertified glasses can cause solar retinopathy, which can mean permanent eye damage, according to an AccuWeather article.

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Well, if looking at an eclipse is like falling in love, I strongly advise protection.

Just so we're clear.

Attractions in Kansas City, Kansas, that will hand out eclipse glasses to ticket holders and guests, and the dates, include: Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Aug. 19 and 20; Kansas City T-Bones, Aug. 19 and 20; Sporting KC, Aug. 19; Cabela's, Aug. 21; Richard Petty Driving Experience, Aug. 19 and 20; all Wyandotte County museums, Aug. 19 and 20; Rowe Ridge Vineyard and Winery, Aug. 21; Legends Outlets Kansas City, management or security office, Aug. 19-21.

Berry said he tries to use humor when addressing issues because people tend to pay better attention.

Other theories abound that fog, dew or precipitation resulting during an eclipse was unsafe or that eclipses could damage developing babies in pregnant mothers.

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Clear? Cloudy? What will Canada see for the Solar Eclipse?