Solar Eclipse – What You Need to Know – Can You Go Blind

Solar Eclipse - What You Need to Know - Can You Go Blind

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ECLIPSE

With the Eclipse being a hot topic, we have all the information you will need. When is the eclipse taking place? Do you need special eye glasses? Will you go blind if you look at the sun during the eclipse? Where will you be able to see it and what should you expect?

Eclipse – When is it?

The eclipse is set to take place on August 21, 2017 at approximately 1:30 Eastern time. What can you expect to see from where you live? We found this amazing map that tells you the best time to view the eclipse, based on your zip code. 

What is an Eclipse?

An eclipse is when the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun align.  When they line up just right, the moon covers up the disc of the sun, and those in the direct path of the moon’s shadow will see the sun go dark.

Eclipse – Why is this Eclipse such a big deal?

This is the first time since 1918, an eclipse will descend upon the United States where it will pass from one coast to the other.

Eclipse and Your Eyes – Do you need sunglasses?

One of the most common questions asked is do you need sunglasses and will I go blind if I look at the eclipse? The issue with the eclipse is that people think they can look at it for a longer period of time than they look at the sun, causing damage to your eyes. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Amazon was so concerned with the buyers safety, they had the sellers provide documentation that the solar eclipse glasses were real. If they couldn’t provide the documentation, Amazon removed the glasses from their website. Click below to buy the glasses.

 

Eclipse and Taking Photos:

With every moment being documented – who doesn’t want an amazing shot of the solar eclipse. Did you know you can ruin your camera by trying to get that money shot? According to NASA, the best thing to do is to cover the camera lens with a solar filter during the moments before (and after) when the sunlight is still blinding.” The reality is you will only have 2.5 minutes or less to take photos of the eclipse and capture the moment.

Since I am going to be flying when the eclipse takes place, I will be taking photos from the plane. I’m looking forward to capturing the eclipse from this view. Anyone else traveling during the eclipse?

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