How to Watch the Eclipse Safely

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Eye safety will be critically important.

If you stare at it anyway, you could do long-term damage to your eyes. Its magnitude will be 79.5 percent with maximum area obscured at 74.77 percent. In an arc from OR to SC, 10 states will be in the path of totality, experiencing total darkness.

It doesn't seem like the total solar eclipse will affect your pets so much, but because of the darkness, it may affect wildlife in the area. West Texas will have about 75 percent totality, so the sun will be mostly blocked but some will remain visible.

Spring Valley optometrist Jeffrey Blanco said looking at the sun can cause permanent damage to people's eyes. UVI Physics and Astronomy faculty and students will be on-hand with proper eye-protection to make viewing the eclipse a safe and exciting experience for all.

"Totality" is when the moon completely blocks out the sun.

The University of the Virgin Islands' Etelman Observatory and UVI's Physics program students and faculty will host an eclipse-viewing event from 1 p.m.to 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, at UVI's Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas Campus. You should not be able to see the landscape through the eclipse glasses. However, because it is a partial eclipse, to view it you will effectively need to look at the sun, something that is not recommended without specially designed safety glasses.

It said goggles, homemade filters and sunglasses don't have the strength to stand against the sun. According to the AAS, if the sun appears uncomfortably bright, out of focus or surrounded by a haze, the glasses are fake. Consumer Reports recommends ones labeled with the safety code ISO 12312-2, which designates the global standard for solar filters.

-Carefully look at your solar filter or eclipse glasses before using them.

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If you see ideas floating around the web on how to make them yourself, or improvise, beware.

"A solar eclipse is the greatest sight in all of nature".

The eclipse glasses must come from reputable vendors - the American Astronomical Society has composed a page of legitimate manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers, all verified to be compliance with the ISO 12312-2 worldwide safety standard.

Monday will bring a rare, must-see event: The moon will momentarily block the sun from our view. You should never look directly at the sun and if you have eclipse glasses, make sure that they conform to worldwide regulations.

When the Sun hits the Moon and casts its shadow on the Earth, you get a couple different types of shadows.

How long will it last?

Reference the "Where Can You See It?" section ofthis page for the time to view the eclipse. The intense solar rays coming through these devices will damage the solar filter and your eyes.

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