August 21 solar eclipse requires safe viewing

August 21 solar eclipse requires safe viewing

Midland County Public Libraries have scheduled a Solar Eclipse Safe Viewing Seminar with local astronomer Daryl Lane from 5 p.m.to 6 p.m. August 14 at the Centennial Library, 2503 W. Loop 250 N., Midland.

"Staring at the sun for even a short time without the right protective eyewear can damage your retina permanently and even cause blindness called solar retinopathy", Dr. Timothy Minton said.

As the big event nears, demand for solar glasses is at an all-time high and an alarming number of fake glasses have entered the market. The eclipse will be visible here from about noon to 3 p.m.

'The product description said that they were ISO certified.so I thought I was getting a safe glasses, ' Vokoun said.

"Don't use homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses".

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Solar eclipse glasses distributed by Northeast Community College are certified and safe for viewing the Monday, Aug. 21, eclipse. "We want customers to buy with confidence anytime they make a purchase on Amazon.com and eclipse glasses sold on Amazon.com are required to comply with the relevant ISO standard", the company said in a statement.

Safe viewing glasses are available free to the public at the Centennial Library and the Downtown Library, 301 W. Missouri Ave., Midland. Turn away from the sun before removing the solar filter.

As millions of Americans prepare to view the upcoming solar eclipse, vendors are stocking up on - and in some cases running out of - specialized viewers needed to avoid potentially serious and permanent eye damage.

If you received this email from Amazon, there are other places to purchase eclipse glasses.

Safe eclipse glasses should be stamped with a label indicating they meet the global "ISO 12312-2" standard - although Fienberg said counterfeiters have also started to print that on fake glasses. "Old fashioned pinhole viewers work just as good. and and they cost nothing".

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