The 2017 solar eclipse light show

The 2017 solar eclipse light show

Visitors to The Children Museum in West Hartford will be able to view the partial solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, through a specially-equipped telescope. We have had nine total eclipses in the USA, most with short paths, for the entire 20th Century and it's been about a century since the last coast to coast total solar eclipse in 1918.

To help the community safely view the August 21 eclipse, Yorkshire Eye Clinic is giving away free eclipse glasses on a first-come, first-serve basis. The eclipse will be visible here from about noon to 3 p.m.

The glasses are to be used during the whole eclipse except during the brief period of totality when the moon completely covers the sun.

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This eclipse will be visible to the entire population of the contiguous United states, making landfall through many major cities and making it likely one of the most witnessed total solar eclipses in recent history.

14 Number of states in the path of totality from coast to coast. This is the first time in 100 years that a total eclipse has crossed the span of the continent.

-Solar Eclipse VR (99 cents) needs to be attached to a virtual reality viewer like Google Cardboard to show you animated 360 degree looks at simulated eclipse's.

"If they aren't using their proper eye protection or shield and they're trying to weld just closing their eyes or using their sunglasses, it's the same effect", Stephen Ellison said.

For these glasses to protect your eyes, they must be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard. Even if you're outside the main path, you can still get the treat of a partial eclipse. "The last partial solar eclipse for us was in October 2014 and we were hyping the 2017 eclipse at that time during our outreach events". He said the glasses are darker than sunglasses and provide the needed eye protection. You could also check out 7-Eleven, Toys "R" Us and Walmart, since some locations might carry solar eclipse glasses.

According to NASA, the only safe way to look directly at the eclipse when some of the sun's rays are visible is through "special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses" ... or hand-held solar viewers".

A partial eclipse will already be occurring when the sun rises in Hawaii, and will come into view just after 9 a.m. on the OR coast, so when it's about noon in Baltimore.

"I have glasses that have been provided to the library we can pass out for people to use".

Do not watch the partial eclipse through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.

You should never assume that you can look away quickly enough to avoid eye damage because every person is different in terms of their retinal sensitivity, and you do not want to risk being the one who damages their eyes just to try to look at the sun.