Total Solar Eclipse | August 21, 2017

What to know about the solar eclipse August 21, 2017

What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks any part of the sun.

Why is this one so special?

On August 21st, a portion of the United States – a 70-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina – will experience a total solar eclipse, when the moon completely blocks the sun for a short period of time (only a couple of minutes).  During this short time, the sun’s outer atmosphere appears as a halo around the moon. The last total solar eclipse to cross the country from coast to coast occurred in 1918.

Is it safe to look at the sun during the eclipse?

It is never safe to look directly into the sun. Looking at the sun can seriously damage your eyes, causing severe and even permanent damage to your retina. Just like an extreme sunburn can damage your skin.

How can I view the eclipse?

The only way to safely view the eclipse is by using a special solar filters – or “eclipse glasses” – that meet a very specific worldwide standard.  At Eyeglass World we do not sell these type of glasses. Find out where to get these glasses by visiting the American Astronomical Society Solar Eclipse website at

Can I use my sunglasses?

No, ordinary sunglasses – even dark ones – are not safe for looking at the sun.


How to Photograph the Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse is when the moon moves directly in front of the sun, covering it completely for a very short time. The horizon glows with a 360 sunset, the temperature drops, and day turns to night!

Details on how to photograph the solar eclipse

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