How to know if your eclipse glasses are the real deal

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In just about two weeks, eyes will be on the sky when a total solar eclipse crosses the U.S.

The US Energy Information Administration looks at the effects of the upcoming solar eclipse on utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants at an energy brief published on its website on August 7.

"There's enough light that gets around, even with 97 percent of totality, that can damage, burn the retina in the back of the eye", Dr. David Ross said.

On Aug. 21, millions of people in the USA will see day turn to night as a total solar eclipse passes over North America. "Although a total eclipse was seen on the Big Island of Hawaii on July 11, 1991, no other total eclipse was visible from the lower 48 states of the US between 1979 and 2017 - a lapse of over 38 years!"

"To me it is all part of the plan", he said.

Wayne White, who has a small observatory on his Lawrence County property, will inform the public on eclipse viewing safety at 6 p.m. Thursday.

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They also advised people to check ahead of time about where you can find additional supplies, as well as bathroom facilities while those living inside the path of eclipse may also want to stock up on basic supplies too. In a total eclipse, the moon blocks the entire sun.

"Our goal is as they come, what better way than to show them that the creator who put the sun and the moon and the stars up there, wants a relationship with them", said Riley.

The Feffermans are eclipse chasers, having traveled internationally to see solar eclipses. He recalled that eclipse as being a particularly attractive event that he watched from a beach.

While New York isn't in that path, Rice says we will still get a good view. A comprehensive viewing guide offers a crash course in the science behind eclipses and instructions on how to safely observe the celestial phenomenon. There's no sunlight for solar panels in the path of an eclipse to collect. According to NASA, these five manufacturers have certified their eclipse glasses and hand-held solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 worldwide standard: American Paper Optics, Baader Planetarium, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17.

Experts warn that looking at the sun without protection - or inadequate protection, such as using regular sunglasses - can cause lasting vision problems. "It's as if you have your own personal astronomer by your side".

"The miracle of eclipses - that the moon and the sun look about the same size", he said.

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