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Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Eclipse Safety

On Monday, August 21, 2017, people in South Carolina may see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. Use this guide to learn more.

Eclipse Safety

An eclipse is a spectacular sight. Unfortunately, IT COULD ALSO BE DANGEROUS.  Everyone knows that they should not look directly at the sun, but some people may be tempted to sneak a peak. To watch an eclipse safely, scientists recommend viewers wear certified eclipse glasses. After nearly every eclipse, there are often news stories about people who ignored the warnings and viewed an eclipse without thinking about their safety.

 The following resources contain information on how to safely view a solar eclipse:

The 'All American' Eclipse: A Guide for Libraries and their Communities - A guide from the Space Science Institute, NASA, StarNET, Google and the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, provides scientific, safety and other information on possible events for libraries.

How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely - This PDF document explains how to safely view an eclipse. Developed by NASA, the American Astronomical Society and optometry organizations.

How to View a Solar Eclipse Safely - The American Astronomical Society website has information on safely viewing an eclipse and links to manufacturers that sell certified solar viewers.

NASA Eclipse Safety Website - NASA has developed a website that provides information on safely viewing an eclipse. It includes information about sources of solar viewing glasses and various methods of viewing an eclipse with a pinhole or other type of projector.

Eclipse Safety Resources - The American Astronomical Society has several flyers that can be downloaded about eclipse safety, as well as instructions on building solar projectors.

Sky & Telescope How to Safely See a Partial Solar Eclipse - This site from Sky & Telescope magazine provides information and instructions on how to construct projectors to view the eclipse.

Eclipse Safety - A technical article about eclipse safety from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.