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Meetings, Destinations Get Ready for Solar Eclipse

Meetings, Destinations Get Ready for Solar Eclipse

While a last-minute rush has left many dealers out of stock two weeks before the big day, the good news is that US astronomy buffs have to wait only seven more years for the next total solar eclipse over North America, in April 2024.

Special eclipse shades will be available. Among the options: viewing parties at the St. Louis Children's Museum and Gateway Arch and a free event at Jefferson Barracks Park. In Michigan, it will be seen at about 1 p.m. Experts say that Michigan will witness the moon obscure nearly 80% of the sun.

The Stem in the Sky eclipse event at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center is from noon to 4:30 p.m.

The path goes just south of the IN border, which means Fort Wayne will experience a partial solar eclipse with about 85 percent of the sun blocked, Science Central Executive Director Martin S. Fisher said IN a news release. The eclipse is expected to have 81 percent coverage from this location.

"It's so unsafe for people to look at the sun even for brief periods of time because you can cause permanent damage to the retina - we call it solar retinopathy and it's really very close to burning a hole in the retina", said Van Gelder.

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According to NASA's total solar eclipse interactive map, Ferndale will see a partial solar eclipse - 87.39 percent of the sun will be obscured by the moon. Homemade sun filters and regular sunglasses do not provide sufficient eye protection. The glasses will be given out while supplies last, the library staff said.

Although the Parsons area will experience a almost total solar eclipse on August 21, looking at the sun without protection still will be hazardous to people's eyes. Outside of the path of totality, always use solar filters.

Considering that demand, the American Astronomical Society has updated its safety advice "in response to alarming reports" of unsafe eclipse-viewers popping up online. Spokesman Kevin Fountain told PennLive.com that players, managers, and umpires will also be given glasses-but they can't be worn on the field-and that they will be educated in the days leading up to the eclipse about the dangers of looking directly at it without protective eyewear.

Get help from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, telescope or other optical device.


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