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    • 06 JUL 17
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    Eye Safety and the Upcoming Solar Eclipse

    Eye Safety and the Upcoming Solar Eclipse

    *Please note: We are OUT of the solar eclipse glasses and do not expect to receive anymore prior to the eclipse. If purchasing online or elsewhere, please ensure your glasses meet ISO safety standards. More details below.

    It’s that time again! Well, it’s been 211 years, but a total solar eclipse is coming to Kansas City. The last time our city saw an eclipse like this was in 1806, and we won’t see another until 2205. So, let’s get prepared for this not-to-be-missed event.

    WHAT:
    A total solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking the sun and casting a shadow on the earth. Though total solar eclipses happen every 1-2 years, totality only occurs along a narrow path on the Earth’s surface, making it extremely rare for those in its route.  This year, Kansas City is lucky enough to be in the path.

    WHEN:
    August 21st, 2017, approx. 1:08 PM

    WHERE:
    When it comes to a total solar eclipse, proximity matters. Those of you in Johnson County and other surrounding areas will need to head northeast. The best viewing area is expected to be St. Joseph, Missouri. Other communities in the path for a total or partial eclipse include Atchison and Leavenworth in Kansas, as well as Liberty, North Kansas City, and Excelsior Springs in Missouri.

    EYE SAFETY:
    Now that you have the details, make sure you are prepared to safely enjoy the solar eclipse. “Never look directly at the sun, even when it’s partially covered by the moon,” says Dr. Jason Stahl, Durrie Vision. “The sun’s UV rays can burn the retinas in your eyes, causing permanent damage or even blindness. If you’re planning to view the total or partial eclipse, appropriate eye protection is a must.”

    For a safe viewing experience, follow the simple tips below.

    1. Only look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through special solar filters, i.e. “eclipse glasses,” that are ISO-certified. Please note that several counterfeit glasses are flooding the market. Here are a couple resources for ensuring compliance:

    How to Tell if Your Eclipse Glasses or Solar Viewers are Safe

    Reputable Vendors of Eclipse Glasses and Solar Viewers

    2. Never look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through a telescope, binoculars, or an unfiltered camera

    3. Inspect your solar filter before each use; discard if scratched or damaged

    4. Cover your eyes with the solar filter before looking up at the sun

    5. Similarly, always look away from the sun before removing your filter

    6. Supervise children using solar filters to ensure their glasses remain in position while viewing the eclipse

    Here’s a quick list of what’s safe and what’s not safe for viewing the upcoming solar eclipse:

    SAFE
    Filtered solar eclipse glasses
    Pin-hole projection (if using this method, always keep your back to the sun)

    UNSAFE
    Regular sunglasses
    Mylar balloons
    Food wrappers
    Smoked glass
    X-ray film
    Film negatives
    CDs

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