CBS2's Lonnie Quinn Explains Monday's Total Solar Eclipse

Posted August 20, 2017

If viewing the eclipse is bad for unprotected human eyes, do pet owners need to worry about their furry friends during Monday's celestial event?

Proper eyewear is needed to view the eclipse without damaging the retina of your eye. Never look directly into the sun.

In the Oneonta area the show will start at about 1:15 p.m., with the maximum occurring around 2:40 p.m., according to timeanddate.com. Its magnitude will be 79.5 percent with maximum area obscured at 74.77 percent.

No places in Colorado will have 100 percent of the sun concealed.

Nearly 12 million Americans live within this 14-state stretch of the county and around two-thirds of the US population lives within driving distance of an area that will experience the total eclipse.

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Crestview Hills - Thomas More College will host a solar eclipse viewing party at the BB&T Observatory. The glasses also block most of the visible light.

Tenhundfeld noted that staring at the eclipse without protection can cause irreparable eye damage, increase in the chances of getting cataracts, and can even cause blindness. At this point it will appear more dim, and the real view will be through eclipse glasses, with only a crescent sliver of the sun in view. It will be the first solar eclipse in the United States since 1979. "This is the biggest coast-to-coast American event where everybody will get to experience it".

Keep in mind that ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, or homemade filters are not safe for looking at the sun, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

The Society advises to obtain solar filters and viewers from reputable vendors as there have been recent cases of fake lens being distributed. Amazon recently notified customers it was recalling certain solar eclipse glasses it sold that didn't meet the required safety standards.

The sun doesn't become more unsafe on the day of the eclipse. "That's why we want to caution people on the best viewing practices and urge them to consult their doctor of optometry if they have any questions".

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"A solar eclipse is the greatest sight in all of nature". These solar filters are used in "eclipse glasses" or in hand-held solar viewers. While facing away from the sun, the viewer then makes a waffle-shaped shadow on the ground with his or her fingers.

When the Sun hits the Moon and casts its shadow on the Earth, you get a couple different types of shadows.

Reference the "Where Can You See It?" section ofthis page for the time to view the eclipse.

Earlier this week, Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store at 232 5th Avenue in Park Slope was also giving out viewing glasses, but after ordering 150, they ran out after just two days, an employee at the store told BKLYNER Thursday evening.

In the path of totality, the sky will darken drastically.

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