Be prepared to watch the solar eclipse safely

Solar eclipse

As the moon obscures the sun on August 21, it will create a twilight experience across the U.S. This moment of up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds of darkness-otherwise known as the "Great American Eclipse"-won't be visible in any other country, and the eclipse's path of totality will cross 14 states".

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While we'll be able to see the eclipse in 85% totality around the Shenandoah Valley, that isn't lessening people's excitement for this momentous occasion. With the date quickly approaching, and many stores selling out, people are wondering where to buy eclipse safety glasses.

There has been a lot of talk already leading up to the eclipse but here are some numbers about the eclipse you may not know. Under no circumstances should you ever look directly at the sun. "Even that 1% of the sun's energy will be enough to potentially damage your eye", Merlo says.

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Eclipse Safari offers the NASA live stream of the Eclipse and a Twitter feed with the latest eclipse related tweets. Working with partners, we can protect what is special about parks so that they are there for you to enjoy.

Unfortunately, because the human eye still sees the world as, "sunny", even if the majority of the sun is blocked by the moon, we'll miss the show if it's overcast in Houston, or in any location across the majority of the country.

14 Number of states in the path of totality from coast to coast. And during that period of time, the filters that you would want to wear are approved by the ISO standards, and we have those at our office. And no, regular sunglasses won't work. Homemade filters nearly certainly will not work.

This red line on this map from NASA shows spots across America that will experience the eclipse in complete totality.

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The approved glasses are being sold both online and in stores, although several local stores said this week they were out of the glasses but may be getting more before August 21. NASA has a list of reliable companies on its site.

Science Central's gift shop is selling solar eclipse viewing cards for $1.99 each to the public and for $1 each for Science Central members. Make sure to correspond within the website or app and not through other means. They will sell glasses for under $2. The glasses are available at the clinic front desk between regular office hours, 8 a.m.to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

But glasses aren't the only safe way either.

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