Great Falls College-MSU will host a solar eclipse viewing event

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We are mere days away from the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, which will be visible to all of North America.

There is no location in Florida where you'll see 100 percent of the sun obscured by the moon - a total solar eclipse. "That's the one thing that I'm most nervous about and I know most eclipse chasers are most nervous about", Young says. 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.

Don't expect to see this natural phenomenon with the naked eye.

What can I expect to experience during a total eclipse?

Luckily, you've got options.

Nikon says that despite the fact that the moon covers the sun, the crescent that is seen around the moon is so risky that it could cause vision damage and even blindness.

Cities across the path of totality are holding eclipse festivals with both free events and VIP viewing parties. "You certainly do not want to look at it here in Evansville and you want to wear the solar eclipse glasses the entire eclipse". Unfortunately, numerous solar glasses available online may be counterfeit or do not meet safety specifications. Make sure to correspond within the website or app and not through other means.

Ellison and her husband, Dr. Stephen Ellison, also an optometrist at Gainesville Eye Associates, shared information and tips for those interested in watching the eclipse. And no, regular sunglasses won't work. Homemade filters nearly certainly will not work.

For these glasses to protect your eyes, they must be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard. Viewing an eclipse without proper equipment can result in damage to the eyes, some of which can be permanent.

You can find the glasses at online vendors including EclipseGlasses.com, Celestron, Explore Scientific and Meade Instruments. But the eclipse will begin well before it's visible here.

A spokesperson from Amazon says there's still a wide selection of glasses available.

But glasses aren't the only safe way either. For anyone who welds as part of their profession or as a hobby, this could be a way to not have to buy anything new at all. Only specialized glasses should be used to view the show.

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