NASA Tells WRDE How to Safely See Upcoming Solar Eclipse
Updated: Aug 20, 2017 10:48 PM
By Brianne Talocka/WRDE
(WALLOPS ISLAND, Va.) - Even though Delmarva won't be experiencing the full effect of the eclipse, it's still critical to protect your eyes.
"Obviously you don't want to look directly at the sun because you're going to get eye damage and especially if you have children make sure you're paying attention to what they're doing so that they don't look at the eclipse" says NASA News Chief Keith Koehler.
You can safely see the eclipse using special protective eyewear such as solar eclipse glasses or eclipse shades. You need to make sure the special eyewear you have is real because people have been selling fake pairs.
"Now to see if you've got bogus eye glasses, you can take these and if you put them on and if you look at a bright light in your house, you're not going to be able to see anything" Koehler explains. "Also on the inside of these they have what they call the ISO marker which is a safety marker which shows that they're good glasses to use."
Koehler also says you need to make sure the pair you have isnt damaged.
"If they have cracks in them, if they have a scratch in them or something like that, don't use those glasses" he states.
You can put your eclipse glasses right on top of your eyeglasses.
Eyeglasses and sunglasses will not protect your eyes from the eclipse and you should never look directly at the sun with these on.
If you are behind the wheel during the eclipse, remember not to look at the sun and to keep your eyes on the road. Do not wear the eclipse shades while driving. All you will see is a shade of black.
Koehler explains that if you don't have a pair of eclipse shades, you could poke a hole in a piece of cardboard and see the effects of the eclipse that way.
"You can take a piece of cardboard like this" Koehler says. "If you put it directly out of the sun and you have a white piece of paper below that you'll be able to see the shadow of the eclipse on the paper below that so all you got to do is look at the shadow that's forming and be able to look at that and watch it occurring."
Remember that the cardboard can be used for watching the shadow the eclipse creates, not for looking at the eclipse itself.
Don't use a cell phone or a camera to take pictures or videos of the eclipse. The device will get damaged and you will also damage your eyes when you look through the lens or at the screen.
NASA says let the professionals who have camera's with solar filters get images of the eclipse.
On Delmarva, tomorrow's solar eclipse should last from about 1:22pm-4:05pm with the height of it occurring around 2:46pm.
NASA is having a Solar Eclipse Viewing event at the Wallops Visitor Center tomorrow from 12:00pm-4:30pm. For more information visit: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/wallops/2017/solar-eclipse-viewing-and-activities-at-the-wallops-visitor-center-aug-21