What you need to know about the total solar eclipse

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Valerie Walter found out the hard way. I think I mentioned I've got kids - a toddler and a baby - and you have to know how impossible it is to tell them not to stare at the thing you are staring at.

"We have customers up and down the east coast of SC". NASA distributed over two million free glasses and 4,000 education kits to over 7,000 libraries across the United States.

You will notice in the shadows of tree leaves that the light spaces in between the leaves will show a bunch of tiny eclipses, acting like a bunch of pinhole projectors in one area. And a two-pack at Casey's General Store in Verona could be had for $2.99.

"Glasses are available on a first-come, first-serve basis", library spokeswoman Lisa Pavlock said.

A solar eclipse is a rare event, so hopefully these tips and information allow you to enjoy this once in a lifetime event to the fullest. "You can point your iPhone at the sun right now to take photos and the camera's sensor and lens would not be damaged", commented the team from Cupertino. Since your eyes wouldn't feel pain from these burns, you might not realize the damage has been done until it is too late. When a total solar Eclipse is the Sun you can see the so-called crown.

"The market is being flooded with counterfeits", he said. Some sellers are even printing fake test results on their websites, claiming the glasses are safe. Alternatively, you can purchase them online, but be careful to only get products that comply with the ISO 12312-2 global safety standard for filters for direct viewing of the sun.

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

Some of the places AAS recommends to shop online are EclipseGlasses.com, Celestron, Explore Scientific and Meade Instruments. Stand with your back to the eclipse and look at your hands' shadow on the ground. "So if the weather permits, we should be getting a pretty good look of the eclipse". If you are staying on the Western Slope, you can join rangers at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park's South Rim to view the partial eclipse with "eclipse glasses" and safe solar telescopes. Pinhole viewers create a reflection of the eclipse by filtering the light through a small opening. With these shades, you can view the eclipse before, during, and after totality without any problems.

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