Amazon recalls solar eclipse glasses

Audrey Hill
August 14, 2017

There are now two official NASA solar eclipse viewing locations in our region on Monday, August 21. The glasses will be given out while supplies last, the library staff said. Snacks, crafts and other eclipse-related activities will be available while waiting for the moment of the eclipse. Among the options: viewing parties at the St. Louis Children's Museum and Gateway Arch and a free event at Jefferson Barracks Park.

Homemade filters and ordinary sunglasses don't provide enough protection for looking at the sun or the eclipse.

McDonald's locations in OR are on NASA and the American Astronomical Society's list of certified retailers of eclipse glasses, which allow you to safely watch the solar eclipse on August 21. Coverage will be featured during the live four-hour broadcast Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA.

Huston said the sun is different during a solar eclipse than it is normally.

Solar filters that are safe produce a view of the sun that is comfortably bright, in focus and surrounded by black sky. But in the so-called "path of totality" where Levesque is headed, spanning from OR to SC, viewers will be able to see the total eclipse in all its glory.

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Eclipse viewing glasses also will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis on the library plaza, the news release said.

Considering that demand, the American Astronomical Society has updated its safety advice "in response to alarming reports" of unsafe eclipse-viewers popping up online.

Here's the deal: Glasses that are safe for directly viewing the sun must meet the standard, set by the International Organization for Standardization, and the glasses or viewer will then indicate that they are ISO 12312-2 compliant. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. Oak Ridge is one of the few cities in the path of totality in Tennessee.

Get help from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, telescope or other optical device.

While you're out perfecting your ideal eclipse shot, don't forget to stop and look at the eclipse with your own eyes.

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