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Eclipse Viewing Safety Tips

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Cities across the country are gearing up for the solar eclipse.  While some cities will experience a total eclipse, Huntsville will experience 97% coverage.  It is strongly recommended that you use caution while viewing the eclipse, as damage to the eye can happen in a matter of seconds when looking directly at the sun. Alabama A&M University will host a viewing party, beginning at Noon on the Quad.  The campus community is asked to use extreme caution while viewing.    


Safety Tips for Viewing the Eclipse (Source - NASA):


You need special solar filters to look at the sun. Sunglasses, even dark ones, will not protect your eyes. The filters need to be from an approved vendor, and they need to meet this ISO standard: ISO 12312-2. Scratched or damaged filters are no good.


Don't look at the partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.


Don’t look at the partially eclipsed sun with naked eyes as damage may occur without warning.


Don't look at the partially eclipsed sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer. The concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.

To safely view the eclipse without glasses: click the following link for information from NASA on how to make a pinhole projector to view the eclipse.


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