Experience the solar eclipse with proper eye protection

People watch a partial eclipse in Belfast Northern Ireland

The American Astronomical Society has created a list of reputable brands that you can find here, after scammers started stamping phony knockoffs with the global safety stamps.

In news that surprises no one, demand for eclipse glasses has spiked, given the attention of the upcoming Great American Eclipse set for August 21, which will run across the continental United States. So, if you walk through your house and you can still view ordinary household lights through your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer, then that means your device is bogus.

To make sure you're not being scammed, and, you know, risking permanent damage to your eyes, NASA recommends you buy your eclipse glasses from one of the following vendors. They can even fraudulently print the fake ISO certification on the product (or on their website), even though what they're selling could be something as flimsy as novelty 3-D glasses.

So in short, you'll want to be wary of knockoff glasses, the AAS said.

So, the best piece of advice the AAS has is to purchase solar viewers from vendors they recommend.

If you got your glasses or filter from somewhere such as a library, a science museum or a planetarium, you're probably safe.

Experience the solar eclipse with proper eye protection
Experience the solar eclipse with proper eye protection

Dr. Wayne Cannon says that when the sun's rays hit the front of your eye, they travel through your eye ball and hits the part of the eye that controls your central vision, burining your retina. To view the eclipse, you'll need something at a 12, 13 or 14.

Northern San Luis Obispo County (Cambria, Paso Robles) will see the moon cover 67-percent of the sun.

On Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire United States for the first time since 1918.

When you put them on, "you shouldn't be able to see anything.except the sun itself", the organizations says.

"A pair of eclipse glasses is over a thousand times darker than a pair of sunglasses", Jerit said.

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