Where to find safe, affordable eclipse glasses

CBS News  Leonard Bates    CBS News Leonard Bates

In the path of totality, the moon will pass in between the earth and the sun, casting a shadow on earth and blocking the sun's light, UV, and Infrared Radiation.

We are just 10 days away from the first total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years and while watching the celestial event is a rare experience, it also carries a lot of dangers.

So, according to the maps, where are the best places in the United States to view the solar eclipse?

The path of the total solar eclipse will cut throughout the United States and will be viewed by millions.

The American Astronomical Society has a list of reputable eclipse glasses and hand-held viewers on its website - stamped with this approval code - 12312-2.

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So, how can you tell if your solar viewer isn't safe?

The next total solar eclipse visible in the United States will be April 8, 2024, and Tupper Lake will be almost dead center in the path of totality.

Hopkinsville, in Christian County, will be the point of "greatest eclipse" with 2 minutes and 40 seconds of totality on August 21 at 1:24 p.m. CDT.

More safety tips can be found at aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/solar-eclipse-eye-safety.

Merlo recommends people to use camera and telescope solar filters too as staring straight into the sun through a lens of a camera has potential to permanently damage the eye.

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Whatever you decide to do, remember that cheap sunglasses can be worse than nothing at all, as they may encourage you to look directly into the sun. As the eclipse date draws closer, those glasses are getting harder to find.

"Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse", said Sachin Bahmba, Chairman and Managing Director at Space Group, who is leading the team from India for the expedition.

Those interested in viewing the solar eclipse can attend a public viewing event on Quincy Hill from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. However, a simple question led to one woman becoming a punchline after she asked to reschedule the eclipse so her son could watch it. Those in South Dakota wishing to experience the total solar eclipse will need to travel south to Kearney, Grand Island, Lincoln, or to other points in Nebraska, which are right in the center of the eclipse's path.

To help celebrate the awe-inspiring sight, the Texas Perot Museum of Nature and Science will be holding a solar eclipse viewing party from noon to 2.00pm.

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