Parents and kids learn how to view the upcoming solar eclipse safely

Parents and kids learn how to view the upcoming solar eclipse safely

We've always been told not to stare directly at the sun - and that remains true during all stages of an eclipse except for totality - when the moon is completely covering the sun. "The same is the case for the solar eclipse".

When was the last solar eclipse?

On the east coast, many are flocking into the state of Tennessee to watch the full eclipse. The last to make any sort of landfall in the United States happened on February 26, 1979.

As you get close to the start of totality, that last patch of bright sunlight makes the almost eclipsed sun look like a diamond ring.

The full solar eclipse will be visible across the country from OR to SC for the first time since 1918.

The only way to look directly at the sun when it's not eclipsed or is only partly eclipsed is with a special solar filter, such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer.

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Nelson urges those wanting to watch the eclipse to try to make it to the "zone of totality".

The USA TODAY Network will be covering the eclipse in full force on August 21, from OR through SC, so stick with us for the latest. If you would like to see 100% totality, you will have to travel roughly 280 miles from Roanoke or a little under 4.5 hours. While that may not be a total eclipse, it will still be an impressive celestial event. It is right in the path and likely will not be obscured by clouds. "You don't really know how much damage is being done at that moment, so that's why you have to be very careful". Hotels in the city are likely booked to capacity in anticipation.

Younger people are most vulnerable to these injuries, making it imperative for parents to supervise children during the eclipse and be sure they're viewing it properly.

If you happen to miss this one or the clouds come in to spoil it, your next best chance will be on April 8, 2024. In Syracuse, we will just see the partial solar eclipse. You would need about 70 pairs of sunglasses stacked up to provide enough protection for your eyes! Eclipse glasses, solar filters for telescopes or homemade eclipse viewers are a necessity.

When is the next solar eclipse?

You can order solar eclipse viewing glasses off websites like Amazon, just make sure they have the certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 worldwide standard. They need to meet the designated ISO 12312-2 worldwide standard. The moon will start casting its shadow on earth, blocking view of the sun, at about 1 p.m. "They have all that light coming in that can damage the retina".

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