Scientists Warn Potential Retina Damage From Upcoming Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse

While much of the country will see a partial eclipse (at least 75 percent of the sun obscured by the moon), the total eclipse will only be visible in a 70-mile-wide path extending from OR to SC.

A total solar eclipse expected to happen august 21 will have an effect on the air temperature.

Now, we are just days away from when the moon's umbral shadow will cross the continental USA, creating a celestial event that folks will be talking about for years to come.

The path of totality will start in OR, sweeping across 14 states and end north of Charleston, South Carolina. Along this line, the stars will come out in the middle of the day. In Denver, we'll be at 93 percent totality. But only a 70-mile wide swath of the United States will get to see the entire sun blocked out.

Organizers at the Thronateeska Science Museum say they're planning the whole month around the event.

Jason Kendall, a physics professor at William Patterson University and an AAA board member, has one big tip: don't look directly at the sun.

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"When it does that, it can cause irreversible vision damage like loss of visual acuity or spots in your vision that don't go away, said optometrist Dr. Lindsay Sallecchai".

These are easy crafts that allow people of any age to safely see the eclipse. They noted to the public to be aware of the sun and really protect your eyes.

But just because they're easy to make, doesn't mean they're not extremely important.

The space agency also says, "No matter what recommended technique you use, do not stare continuously at the sun". "It can damage your eye and even damage cameras if they're not protected".

"We will have special programming all around the library", Parks detailed. You should only look at the sun without these glasses or a filter once the moon is covering the sun completely.

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