Protect your eyes for the Aug 21 Solar Eclipse, NASA issues safety warning

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WENATCHEE- Are you hoping to catch the Solar Eclipse on August 21? Many people are gearing up for the phenomenon with the demand for safe viewing glasses skyrocketing on online markets like Amazon.

In order to directly view the eclipse you must wear glasses that are ISO 12312-2 compliant. Without glasses, the eclipse could cause permanent damage to your eyes.

With such a high demand, NASA and the American Astronomical Society put out a warning citing an alarming number of reports of potentially unsafe eclipse viewers flooding the market.

“While NASA isn’t trying to be the eclipse safety glasses ‘police,’ it’s our duty to inform the public about safe ways to view what should be a spectacular sky show for the entire continental United States,” said Alex Young, associate director for science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “It’s important that individuals take the responsibility to check they have the proper solar eclipse viewing glasses.”

For those who want to buy glasses, the society recommends 12 manufacturers whose products have been checked for safety, with a list of vendors who are selling the glasses at eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.

A quick Google search turns up a number of resources and information on the celestial event, including alternatives to safe eclipse glasses and more, including this website from STAR Net.

NASA TV will also stream the event live for four hours via spacecraft, aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons and aboard the International Space Station on their website here.

This will be the first total eclipse since 1979, and is expected to last two hours and 38 minutes.