Expensive eclipse glasses or cheap ones?

Expensive eclipse glasses or cheap ones?

During a total solar eclipse the moon moves in front of the sun casting a shadow back on the Earth. Finally, Scott Stobbelaar will discuss the stages of an eclipse, how a total eclipse is different from a partial one, and what people can expect to see in Marquette.

This historic event has created quite a nationwide buzz, and with our area being included in the path of totality, the excitement is evident in Bradley and Polk counties.

A number of area retailers are now selling eyewear related to the event, but when choosing protective glasses for viewing the eclipse the most important feature to look for, according to NASA's website, is that the glasses meet the ISO 12312-2 global standard. "That's why we tell you not to stare at the sun".

Totality comes in Columbia at 2:41 p.m., lasting until roughly 2:44 p.m. The glasses I'm wearing don't hardly block it at all. But not just any glasses or viewer will do.

In addition to the viewing, which will be held at the Kessler Campanile, the Georgia Tech observatory will be live-streaming a video of the eclipse.

In Alliance, Little Shop will set up telescopes and projections of the eclipse, as well as other demonstrations and learning activities to engage and assist visitors.

There, the 15 students will camp out with telescopes and cameras along with perhaps hundreds of other people viewing the eclipse.

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Wherever you see the eclipse from, you'll be witnessing something incredibly rare.

Sunglasses, no matter how dark, and homemade filters are not safe for viewing the sun. The planetarium will also host programs throughout the day. The event is free and open to the public. For our area, the partial phase will begin at 1:03 p.m. and totality will be reached at 2:33 p.m.

Americans aren't known for missing a trick when it comes to commercial opportunities and the Great American Eclipse is no exception. As you look to the skies, do not forget to take the proper precautions to protect your eyesight.

Midlands tourism officials are finalizing plans to give away 100,000 pairs of the glasses with lenses that allow viewing the eclipse safely. The spaces between the leaves act as "pinhole cameras" that project the image of the eclipsed sun on the ground. Eclipse observers eagerly await this phenomenon today.

The final Food Preservation 101 workshop for 2017 is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 10, 9-11:30 a.m.

Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is providing a venue to watch the totality as it crosses over Georgia. Handouts explaining the eclipse will also be available.

NASA warned recently that some glasses being distributed may not be safe. Eclipse glasses and T-shirts can be purchased from the Chamber's welcome center. The property will be celebrating the eclipse with a lunch party, games, and music at the Cabin at Mountain Park.

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