Beware of counterfeit solar eclipse glasses

Herbert Rhodes
August 3, 2017

Eclipse glasses are affordable and can be ordered through numerous online retailers. Postal employees Pamela Wilson, left, and Teresa Fulton demonstrate the first-of-its-kind stamp by transforming the solar eclipse image into the moon from the heat of a finger on the black disc.

"I did other stupid things, but when it came to looking at that eclipse, I was being very careful", says Chou, a professor emeritus of optometry and vision science at the University of Waterloo, who's a leading authority on eye damage from eclipse viewing.

The Science Spectrum will be celebrating this awesome astronomical event by holding a *Free public Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on Monday, August 21st from 11:00am to 2:00pm on its front lawn and in the lobby. And Chou is anxious about first-timers and other folks who might look up at the spectacle without much forethought.

Harper College is gearing up for the first total solar eclipse to sweep the entire width of the contiguous United States in almost a century. "This will likely be the only chance many people get to view a solar eclipse". "Safe solar filters produce a view of the sun that is comfortably bright (like the full moon), in focus, and surrounded by black sky".

If you'd like to see the total eclipse, you'll need to travel 37 miles southwest.

In western MA we will see a partial eclipse of the Sun with roughly 72 percent of it covered by the Moon.

Even if the sun is mostly not visible, or sun-gazers are in areas where it is only partially eclipsed, viewers should wear approved glasses to look at it.

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"The doctor told him he had a cute little crescent-shaped scar on the back of his retina".

Don't think it's safe to take quick, surreptitious glances, he warns. Call ahead to see if they have any left.

As businesses around the United States find different ways to cash-in on the upcoming total solar eclipse, experts are warning that not all eclipse glasses being sold are what they seem.

These glasses block out 100% of harmful ultraviolet rays, according to the American Paper Optic's website.

The all-day viewing party will also be free and open to the public, Horne said.

A total solar eclipse is not terribly rare. Such an event is visible from somewhere on Earth every 18 months or so.

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