Experience the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017!
What is a solar eclipse & why is this total eclipse so special?
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks any part of the sun. On August 21, 2017, a 70-mile-wide path across the U.S. (from Oregon to South Carolina) will experience a total solar eclipse, when the moon completely blocks the sun for a couple of minutes during the day. During this short time, the sun’s outer atmosphere appears as a halo around the moon. The last total solar eclipse in the U.S. happened 99 years ago!
How do I stay safe while watching the eclipse?
Remember, it is never safe to look directly into the sun. It can seriously damage your eyes, causing severe and even permanent damage to your retina. Just like an extreme sunburn can damage your skin.
The only way to safely view the eclipse is by using a special solar filters – or “eclipse glasses” – that meet a very specific worldwide standard. Ordinary sunglasses, even extremely tinted ones, won't keep your eyes safe from damage during the eclipse.
At America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, we do not sell the type of glasses needed during the eclipse. Find out where to get these glasses by visiting the American Astronomical Society Solar Eclipse website at eclipse.aas.org.
If you've already purchased eclipse glasses, click here to determine if they are NASA approved.
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