"It's so risky for people to look at the sun even for brief periods of time because you can cause permanent damage to the retina - we call it solar retinopathy and it's really very close to burning a hole in the retina", said Dr. Russell Van Gelder with the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
The solar eclipse later this month will be the most studied of all time, with some of the data collected coming from ordinary folks volunteering their time for science. But, if you can get there, the Music City will have several fun events to celebrate. Don't be cavalier. Don't think that you're going to be too tough to view this without any protection. Listen to a naturalist presentation on the lore behind eclipse events. And a two-pack at Casey's General Store in Verona could be had for $2.99. The SDSU Society of Physics Students will host a campus viewing session near the west entrance to the Student Union Aug. 21 and will have free eclipse glasses available at that location starting the morning of the event. Looking directly at the sun during a solar eclipse puts you at risk of temporarily or permanently damaging your vision, primarily due to retinal burns.
The problem is that the sun's surface is so bright that if you stare at any portion of it, no matter how small, it produces enough light to damage individual retinal cells. "It doesn't take very long before you're exposing your eyes to serious risk".
Batesville, In. - After a 40 year wait, the United States will experience a full solar eclipse.
But other sections of the nation - including Yolo County - while not directly under the sun-moon combo, will be able to view a partial eclipse.
"The market is being flooded with counterfeits", he said.
When purchasing eclipse glasses be certain ISO 12312-2 (or EN1836) is printed somewhere on them.
Bring safe viewing glasses to view the eclipse.
According to NASA, the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eyes, which will cause serious injury. Everyone on the continent will be able to view at least a partial eclipse.
More safety tips can be found at aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/solar-eclipse-eye-safety. Museum staff will also demonstrate how to observe the eclipse indirectly through pinhole projection.
So how can you watch the eclipse then? Here are some local places to grab the special glasses so you can avoid the worry of not having them in time to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime sight.