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Solar eclipse safety tips
from Staff Reports - NEWS
August 9, 2017 -

The sun will be completely blocked by the moon for a brief period on Monday, August 21, in parts of the United States.

The Great American Total Solar Eclipse will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a stretch of land about 70 miles wide. People who descend upon this "path of totality" for the big event are in for an amazing experience. 

Astronomers say it’s important to make sure that everyone is properly prepared for the Solar Eclipse by getting Eclipse safety glasses. However, experts caution saying to buy ones that work.

“There’s already been a few reports of counterfeit glasses out there,” said Dr. Angelle Tanner, Associate Professor of Astronomy at Mississippi State University.

Tanner added saying there are some tips to ensure that the glasses are not counterfeit.

"Basically you should not be able to see anything like normal lamps or anything else in the glasses when you put them on,” said Tanner. “If you look up to the sun, you should just see a yellow disc. A very faint version of the sun that should not hurt your eyes. If you hold it up and it still hurts your eyes then they are not good glasses.”

Tanner said that while there are some things at home that people might be able to use instead of the glasses, mylar baloons and CD’s do not work as they do not properly protect the eye.

However, Tanner added that if there is a welder in the family, people can use shade 14 welding glass to enable them to view the eclipse directly.

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