- The 2023 annular solar eclipse will occur on October 14th.
- The American Astronomical Society has a list of places where you can purchase eclipse glasses.
- The eclipse will be visible, at least in part, from all of the Lower 48 states.
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Experts say one of the safest ways to view the upcoming annular solar eclipse is with special eclipse glasses.
These can be ordered online or purchased in stores, including some major retailers. But don’t wait until it’s too late. A solar eclipse will occur on Saturday, October 14th.
What is eclipse glass?
Cheaper versions of eclipse “glass” are made of paper and a film or polymer specifically designed to block the sun’s harmful rays.regular sunglasses it won’t cut No matter how dark the lens is.
“Eclipse glasses are one of the easiest ways to safely view the sun at any time, even during an eclipse.” John S. Gianfortesaid the astronomer, director of the University of New Hampshire Observatory, in an email. “It can be used to view the sun at any time and must be worn during all partial phases of the eclipse.”
A handheld solar viewer is also an option.
In either case, double check that you are compliant with the regulations. ISO 12312-2 International standard for viewing the sun.
Do not place anything on the eclipse glass or use your cell phone or camera to look into it. This is because the sun’s rays can be concentrated and even more dangerous. NASA.
“You can wear them just like regular glasses,” Gianforte says. “If you wear glasses, just put the eclipse glasses over your glasses. First, you want the eclipse glasses to let sunlight pass through them.”
During past solar eclipses, counterfeit eclipse glasses flooded the market. The American Astronomical Society recommends purchasing from one of these institutions. scrutinized Manufacturers, sellers, retailers. The association notes that NASA does not recommend or approve any products.
What is an annular solar eclipse?
It is also called an “annular solar eclipse.”ring of flame” occurs when the Moon is at or near its farthest point from Earth. This makes the moon appear smaller and leaves a bright solar halo around the moon at the peak of the eclipse.
That is, the sun is never completely hidden behind the moon. Therefore, it is very important to protect your eyes when looking at the moon.
People in all of the lower 48 states will be able to see at least part of the eclipse, but the best viewing locations are Oregon, northern California, Nevada, Utah, northeastern Arizona, and southwestern Colorado. , New Mexico, Texas, and other western states.
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