Staying safe during the total solar eclipse

Pablo Tucker
August 12, 2017

An eclipse boat tour at the above parks.

Kathy McNeilly, second from right, director of the Oak Ridge Public Library, and library employees presented a pair of solar eclipse glasses to City Manager Mark Watson, center, on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. Throughout the continental United States, people outside the path of totality will witness a partial eclipse, as the shadow of the moon covers or eclipses some portion of the sun. Organizers promise extra telescopes, hands-on astronomy activities and free solar viewing glasses to the first 1,000 guests.

The museum also plans to open its new "Buffalo in Space" science studio to coincide with the August 21 Great American Solar Eclipse.


"For instance, if you were looking at the word "CAT", they may be able to see the "C" and the "T", but miss the "A".

Unfortunately, the AAS also confirmed that seeing the logo of the International Organization for Standardization on a pair of sunglasses will not suffice anymore to see if a solar viewer is safe to use. Listen to a naturalist presentation on the lore behind eclipse events.

Viewing at Burke Lake and Accotink Parks.


Looking directly at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon, can cause serious eye damage or blindness.

Also do not look at the sun through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars or other optical device without a specially designed filter.


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