Watch for knockoffs: Unsafe glasses flood market ahead of eclipse

NASA announces television coverage for Aug. 21 solar eclipse

Watch for knockoffs: Unsafe glasses flood market ahead of eclipse

While a last-minute rush has left many dealers out of stock two weeks before the big day, the good news is that USA astronomy buffs have to wait only seven more years for the next total solar eclipse over North America, in April 2024.

A Fort Hood official said the post's solar panel field, which powers a portion of the post, will not be affected by the eclipse.

The event is free and open to all ages. In Michigan, it will be seen at about 1 p.m. Experts say that Michigan will witness the moon obscure nearly 80% of the sun.

The eclipse is only expected to last about two minutes, but Bart Treece with Washington's Department of Transportation says visitors from BC need to be prepared for what he describes as a "multi-day" experience. "The sun was totally blocked out and you could see the aurora around the sun", Smith said that moment it went dark "you could see the peace and quiet in god's creation".

Homemade filters and ordinary sunglasses don't provide enough protection for looking at the sun or the eclipse. The eclipse will be visible here from about noon to 3 p.m. The focused sunlight can melt the filter and damage the eyes. "We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse".

Solar eclipse glasses are flying off the shelves. Those who do not wish to see the show but witness the eclipse can purchase the viewing glasses for $3.

Hart said a total eclipse is "the rarest astronomical event, in any location, that you will ever experience in your life".

Always supervise children using solar filters.

Considering that demand, the American Astronomical Society has updated its safety advice "in response to alarming reports" of unsafe eclipse-viewers popping up online.

While you're out perfecting your flawless eclipse shot, don't forget to stop and look at the eclipse with your own eyes.

Amazon recently sent out an email to customers to let them know some of the solar eclipse glasses they have been selling were not confirmed safe for viewing the eclipse. Using a tripod can help you stabilize the camera and avoid taking blurry images during the low lighting.

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