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Old 08-17-2017, 09:26 AM
 
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Severe and permanent eye injury can occur from looking at the eclipse directly not properly protected in the moments when it is partial. You won't feel it immediately but the damage can occur in less than a minute. Don't attempt to view without NASA endorsed eclipse viewing safety eyewear. Sunglasses of any kind are NOT adequate protection. Children and pets should be kept inside or fitted with proper eyewear and closely monitored to prevent their removal. Do it the right way or DON'T DO IT. The risk is real. There will be plenty of safe coverage on the news and internet.


Share caution with others if you think it wise.
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Old 08-17-2017, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Monument,CO
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Thanks for the reminder. Can't be too careful.
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Old 08-17-2017, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Mars City
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Good points. Especially so in CO since it will be a partial eclipse. There will be exposed (and damaging) sunlight at every moment throughout the event, in all locations.
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Old 08-17-2017, 10:28 AM
 
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https://www.livescience.com/20433-so...pse-blind.html


Talks about reported injuries, mostly temporary I guess. Including to Isaac Newton.
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Old 08-17-2017, 10:37 AM
 
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I got a chuckle out of this announcement from the Colorado State Patrol but I am sure it needs to be said:


"Colorado State Patrol wants to remind people that the roads--especially I-25--could be a little chaotic on Monday during the solar eclipse.

Here are some tips they have for those of you who plan on driving during the eclipse:

*Use your headlights
*Don’t stop along the interstate and no parking on the shoulder.
*Please exit the highway to stop and view the solar eclipse.
*Don’t take photographs while driving.
*Watch out for extra pedestrians along smaller roads. People may parking and walk alongside roads to get the best viewing.
*Prepare for extra congestion on the interstate system leading up to, during, and after the eclipse.
*Don’t wear “eclipse glasses” while driving.
*Plan travel during the eclipse so you are not impacted by eclipse traffic."
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Old 08-17-2017, 10:55 AM
 
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I hear there are fake eclipse glasses being sold around the nation and thesecan cause eye damage if used.

On the news last night they said that the real deal eclipse glasses carry an "ISO" compliance symbol and will be so dark you really can't see anything through them in normal light.
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Old 08-17-2017, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Mars City
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Thanks Mike. Yes, the one pair we have lists the all-important ISO 12312-2 standard (Filters for Direct Observation of the Sun). They are very dark indeed. The bright window nearby - though not with the sun in view - yields pitch black viewing.
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Old 08-17-2017, 11:32 AM
 
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We bought several which we now have identified as fakes. They have the ISO and manufacturer info on them, but are Chinese made forgeries. You can see too much light through them and we were able to identify them 100% as being fakes by comparing them on the company website to what the real ones look like. So just looking for a brand and ISO number is not enough... check the darkness, too.
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Old 08-17-2017, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Go outside and test then this weekend. If you can see anything they are not good enough. Only when looking at the sun directly should you see the disk.
Also do not use a cell phone or camera to take a picture, the Sun can melt your lenses.
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Old 08-17-2017, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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Go outside and test then this weekend. If you can see anything they are not good enough. Only when looking at the sun directly should you see the disk.

Unfortunately, one cannot tell by just looking through them.


If not completely sure about the glasses, don't use them. There are plenty of partial eclipses... not like it's some once-in-a-lifetime event. Not worth losing one's vision.
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