NASA Provides Safety Tips For Viewing the Eclipse on Aug. 21

The National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) is estimating that more than 300 million people in the United States could directly view the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 and is urging residents to watch it safely.

A total solar eclipse, according to NASA, is when the Moon completely covers the Sun.  Monday’s eclipse will occur across 14 states across the U.S.

NASA recommends that anyone planning to view the eclipse to use solar glasses and with the following safety tips:

  • Have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard
  • Have the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on the product
  • Not be used if they are older than three years, or have scratched or wrinkled lenses
  • Do not use homemade filters
  • Ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, should not be used as a replacement for eclipse viewing glasses or handheld solar viewers

“While NASA isn’t trying to be the eclipse safety glasses ‘police,’ it’s our duty to inform the public about safe ways to view what should be a spectacular sky show for the entire continental United States,” said Alex Young, associate director for science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “It’s important that individuals take the responsibility to check they have the proper solar eclipse viewing glasses. With the eclipse a month away today, it’s prudent to practice ahead of time.”

For more safety information or to learn more about the eclipse, click here. 

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