The Great American Eclipse is turning small towns upside down

The Great American Eclipse is turning small towns upside down”

"I'm going to make sure, even if I'm at work, that I'm able to see that eclipse".

Washington's Department of Transportation is anxious about what will happen if thousands of British Columbians head to OR to watch the solar eclipse later this month.

Communities are planning viewing parties, libraries are hosting events for children, and the national parks are reminding Americans they can provide an ideal setting to view the eclipse.

For a swath of the country from Portland, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, it will look like someone just turned off the sun in the middle of the day.

"It's so risky for people to look at the sun even for brief periods of time because you can cause permanent damage to the retina", Dr. Van Gelder said. If the moon were just a little bit further away from Earth, it wouldn't block enough sky for us to have a total solar eclipse.

Although the glare of the sun will seem like it's less harsh during the partial eclipse, it's still highly damaging to your eyes. This extraordinary cosmic spectacle will pass through 13 states, and everyone in the continental USA will have the opportunity to see at least a partial eclipse, making it the most widely viewed American eclipse of all time. In addition to making sure that eclipse shades or handheld viewers meet the ISO safety standard, they suggest making sure they're in good condition. You'll have to hop in the auto and drive to SC for the best and closest view.

Dr. Christopher Staff, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medicine, warned that if you stare at the sun too long, you could go blind.

There are also ways to safely view the partial eclipse on your own. The second you see a bit a sun appearing at the edge of the moon, put the glasses or goggles back on. "I didn't think it was necessary to buy smoked glass, so I smoked some glass myself with a candle", Bates recalled.

DO project the image of the sun on a shaded wall using a pinhole 1 to 2 centimeters in diameter, if you don't want to view it directly. Looking directly at the eclipse should only be done with proper lenses or filters.

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