Make sure you have certified glasses for the solar eclipse!

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 2, 2017

Many school districts across the CSRA are preparing for the big event: the solar eclipse on August 21. Depending on where you live (or where you're traveling to), you could experience up to 3 minutes of complete darkness during day.

You'll want to wear the glasses during the partial eclipse and only remove them briefly to see totality, when the Sun is completely covered.

Although this one has taken nearly 100 years to come about America won't have to wait so long for the next one, as large parts of the United States will experience another total solar eclipse in April 2024.

There's a lot of talk about whether you need special glasses to look at the impending solar eclipse. In the area of total eclipse, the sky will be completely dark for about two minutes and birds will begin chirping. According to an article I read online on the Columbia State newspaper's website, Columbia is expected to have the longest total eclipse for a metro area on the East Coast. So cool for an office, or a space-inspired nursery or play room.

Airbnb is running a contest to be the first to see the solar eclipse. Expect almost everything to be above capacity for almost a week total.

"This eclipse, our goal is to manufacture close to a hundred million glasses", says Jason Lewin, director of marketing at American Paper Optics, which has a manufacturing plant outside of Memphis, Tenn.

The eclipse will last less than three minutes, so your window for getting the ideal photo is very small. It's low-priced and easy to experience the thrill of the moon sliding in front of the sun, blocking out its rays. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove the protective glasses, but do not remove the eye coverings while looking at the sun.

Such is the excitement among astronomers and the press south of the border, the event has been dubbed The Great American Eclipse.

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News 13's Weather Team found the best way to watch the eclipse. Paul Nelson will present a how-to on photographing an eclipse.

The Fernbank Science Center will set up filtered telescopes outside and pass around eclipse glasses for safe viewing. The only option for direct viewing: special eclipse shades.

Official safety glasses are certified by NASA and include the code ISO 12312.

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