Can I take photos of the solar eclipse with my phone?

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There are other methods for viewing the history making event without looking directly into the sun. The last time the United States saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

The 70-mile-wide path of totality of the coast-to-coast solar eclipse will cross 2,800 miles and 14 states from OR to SC in just 90 minutes.

Most of the beauty shots of next week's solar eclipse will be taken by professional cameras or shot through a telescope.

According to NASA. Maryland will have partial coverage, with about 80 percent of the sun covered during the event, the first total solar eclipse visible across the USA since 1918.

In Connecticut, the eclipse will start about 1:23 p.m. but reach its height around 2:45 p.m. Films and filters made for viewing through equipment like a DSLR and lens that do not meet the ISO 12312-2 safety standard do not filter all the harmful light and should not be used for direct viewing of the eclipse.

"Total solar eclipses are very rare for an observer who remains in a fixed location on Earth, with about one every 370 years, on average", Pinkney said. If you're buying in person, try them on in the store.

Bucklin stresses the importance of using these safety glasses, saying your eyes work like a magnifying glass, and you can be blinded in about a minute.

Both NASA and the American Astronomical Society advise people to use solar eclipse glasses from recommended manufacturers.

For eclipse-followers who want to get the flawless solar selfie, 7-Eleven encourages customers who buy viewing glasses to also purchase the exclusive shiny, selfie-inducing Chrome Dome Slurpee cup and lid.

Lowes in the Portland metro area is sold out, but still has glasses available at their McMinnville, Remond and Eugene locations.

Profits seem to be eclipsing performance when it comes to some eyewear created to let you look at the upcoming solar eclipse.

As much as it is exciting to witness a complete solar eclipse, it is worth noting that staring at the phenomenon - without proper eye protection - for any length of time is extremely hazardous and can lead to severe eye damage or blindness.

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