On August 21, 2017, Americans will experience something for the 1st time since 1979- a total solar eclipse, which will cast a massive shadow across the continental U.S., sweeping from Oregon to South Carolina. While the eclipse will be cool no matter where you view it from, those within the 70 mile wide path will experience total darkness, because the moon will completely block the sun for 2.5 minutes. The Northeast corner of Georgia will experience the total eclipse around 2:34pm; it will include the towns of McCaysville, Cleveland, and Clayton among others. If you are not in the 70 mile wide path, you will still see a partial eclipse.
What is all the buzz about? It has been 38 years since the continental U.S. has been within the shadow of a total solar eclipse. In 1979 only a tiny portion of the Pacific Northwest could view it.
Watching a solar eclipse can be a memorable experience, but looking directly at the sun can damage your eyes. Staring at the sun for even a short amount of time without wearing the right eye protection can damage the retina permanently. It can even cause blindness, called solar retinopathy. The only safe way to look at the partially eclipsed sun is through “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers. The glasses must meet a specific standard known as ISO.12312-2 (this will be printed on the glasses). Ordinary sunglasses even dark ones are not safe for looking at the sun. Follow these steps to safely watch a solar eclipse:
1- Inspect eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers for any scratches or other damage. Always supervise children using the filters.
2- Be sure to have the glasses on before looking at the sun, and turn away from the sun before removing the glasses.
3- Do not look at the partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope or binoculars. Do not use eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer while using unfiltered cameras, telescopes, or binoculars. The concentrated solar rays will damage the filter in the eclipse glasses and enter your eyes causing injury.
Please take the precautions listed above to ensure you have a safe eclipse viewing experience. Hurry and stop by our office! We are offering FREE eclipse glasses for your viewing safety but supplies are limited. Thank you for letting us shed some light on how you can be protected while in the shadows of the eclipse. Have fun and enjoy this remarkable event.