Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

How to Make Your Own Solar Eclipse Viewer

How to Make Your Own Solar Eclipse Viewer

Throughout the continental United States, people outside the path of totality will witness a partial eclipse, as the shadow of the moon covers or eclipses some portion of the sun. The maximum eclipse will occur at 2:42 p.m.in our area when about 80-percent of the sun will be covered.

A rare solar eclipse is taking place on August 21 - and America's national parks are getting in on it.

Viewing at Burke Lake and Accotink Parks. The park offers great vistas for Eclipse viewing, as well as camping, horse back riding, hiking, and exploring the cave area. Those who register will receive free solar glasses.

As the expected solar eclipse approaches this month, authorities have warned people of buying bogus sunglasses in the market. Listen to a naturalist presentation on the lore behind eclipse events.

The public is invited to safely view the eclipse through telescopes with solar filters and special eclipse glasses.

"I think the biggest thing to know is that you can potentially hurt your eyes if you watch the solar eclipse without protective eyewear", said Dr. Kimberly Stepien, a retina specialist with UW Health.

"For instance, if you were looking at the word "CAT", they may be able to see the "C" and the "T", but miss the "A".

Looking at the eclipse through your cellphone to capture photos or video can also be harmful, Frantz said.

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