What to look for in legitimate solar eclipse glasses

Muriel Hammond
August 9, 2017

If you want to snap a picture of the solar eclipse or look at it through binoculars or a telescope, you must use a specialized solar filter for your lens.

"We're about 1.2 miles off of NASA's pinpoint marker on the map that shows the greatest place for total eclipse", he added.

21, the entire North American continent will experience a solar eclipse as the moon passes between the Earth and sun.

A family wears special glasses to protect their eyes during an eclipse. "We think people of all ages and backgrounds will find the solar eclipse to be an experience they will remember the rest of their lives". The last total solar eclipse for the United States was almost 40 years ago. "Because it's such a rare and exciting event, we wanted to create an interactive guide that everyone could enjoy".

"This is going to be one of the most-watched solar eclipses of all time", he explained. "SAO was founded in large part to study the sun, and we've been doing so now for more than a century".

The free app comes with a host of resources for the amateur astronomer.


Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright Sun.

The partial eclipse begins in the continental U.S.at 9:05 a.m. PDT near Lincoln City, Ore.

The temperature will drop as the warmth provided by the sun is blocked from reaching Earth. Both methods should produce clear images of the partial phase of an eclipse. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra.

NASA officials say it's never safe to look directly at the sun, except when the sun is completely blocked during the period of the total eclipse, or totality. The maximum eclipse can be seen at 23:51 on August 7, 2017. The eclipse will be over, fully revealed again, by 4 p.m.

Here are some stunning photos show the partial eclipse in full display, from various locations including India, Pakistan, Switzerland, the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio in the south of Athens, the sky over Frankfurt in Germany, Turkey, France and Africa. Twice a year, new moon will coincide with the moon's orbit crossing that of earth. The total duration of the penumbral eclipse was five hours and one minute and that of the partial eclipse one hour and 55 minutes.

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