Science Says: Solar specs needed for safe viewing of eclipse

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 9, 2016 file photo, people wearing protective glasses look up at the sun to watch a solar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia. Doctors say not to look at the sun without eclipse glasses or other certified filters except during the two minutes or so when the moon completely blots out the sun, called totality. That’s the only time it’s safe to view the eclipse without protection. When totality is ending, then it’s time to put them back on. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Ahead of eclipse, eye doctors warn: You can damage your eyes staring at the sun, even the slimmest sliver

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With the total solar eclipse right around the cosmic corner, eye doctors are going into nagging overdrive.

They say mom was right: You can damage your eyes staring at the sun, even the slimmest sliver of it.

So it's time to rustle up special eclipse eyewear to use Aug. 21, when the U.S. has its first full solar eclipse spanning coast to coast in 99 years.

The only time it's safe to view the eclipse without protection is during the two minutes or so when the sun is completely covered by the moon. That will occur only along a narrow strip stretching from Oregon, through the Midwestern plains, down to South Carolina. The rest of the U.S. gets a partial eclipse that extends into Canada and part of South America.

Related News

Small quake rattles nerves, causes no damage in Los Angeles

Sep 19, 2017

Los Angeles was jolted by a small earthquake that rattled nerves and got people talking on social media but didn't cause any major damage

Can computers enhance the work of teachers? The debate is on

Aug 27, 2017

Can software enhance the work of teachers? The debate is on as personalized learning gains popularity across the country

Veteran NASA spacewoman getting 3 extra months in orbit

Apr 5, 2017

The world's oldest and most experienced spacewoman is getting three extra months in orbit

Peaple also read these

Small quake rattles nerves, causes no damage in Los Angeles

Sep 19, 2017

Los Angeles was jolted by a small earthquake that rattled nerves and got people talking on social media but didn't cause any major damage

Can computers enhance the work of teachers? The debate is on

Aug 27, 2017

Can software enhance the work of teachers? The debate is on as personalized learning gains popularity across the country

Veteran NASA spacewoman getting 3 extra months in orbit

Apr 5, 2017

The world's oldest and most experienced spacewoman is getting three extra months in orbit

About Us

In-Depth Science delivers comprehensive and compelling news and analysis on everything science and technology, seven days a week in a reader-friendly format.

Contact us: sales@indepthscience.com