Eclipse glasses sold out everywhere in York County

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

Oregon State University in Corvallis, which is in the eclipse path of totality, has canceled classes and closed offices and will host eclipse-related events.

The path of the total eclipse will cross the United States from OR to SC.

What happens during a solar eclipse? Almost every hotel room in the eclipse path is booked, which is expected to contribute to heavy - and possibly distracted - traffic on Interstate 5 and other highways throughout the morning.

Some vendors and online retailers have started to run out of the glasses, said American Astronomical Society spokesman and self-proclaimed "eclipse chaser" Rick Fienberg.

As always, safety comes first when viewing an eclipse. While watching a solar eclipse can be a memorable experience, the ophthalmologists at Yorkshire Eye Clinic stress it should be viewed safely so as not to damage your eyes.

As thousands get ready to look up at the sun, how do you know if the eclipse glasses you have are the proper ones?

On Aug. 21, the first total eclipse of the sun in the USA since 1979 will sweep across the country from OR to SC, with the rest of the country witnessing a partial eclipse. If you are in an area outside the path of totality, you must use the eclipse glasses the entire time; this rune also applies to camera lenses and telescopes as the sun can damage the filters. Other states where the complete solar eclipse can be seen are Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska and Montana.

A full solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun. The landscape around you will be changing as the sun passes behind the moon, which will create cool shadows and a great opportunity for awesome pictures or a time-lapse video. A telescope with a safe solar filter will offer direct viewing of the eclipse. But according to Business Insider, some glasses ordered from Amazon.com will not arrive on time for the eclipse. While sunglasses only block about 50% of the sun's rays, solar filter glasses block more than 99.99%.

There are many kinds of solar eclipses.

Maximum Partial Eclipse: 2:45 p.m. The path of totality for the 2024 eclipse will be only about 300 miles from Baltimore at its closest, visible from Texas to Maine.

In news that surprises no one, demand for eclipse glasses has spiked, given the attention of the upcoming Great American Eclipse set for August 21, which will run across the continental United States.

"We never had this data because this doesn't happen very often - that the path is crossing land mass for this long of time", said Dr. Han Uitenbroeck, the director of the National Solar Observatory in New Mexico. In this phase, only a portion of the sun is covered.

Open to the public, this program is hosted by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville, where services are an example of your tax dollars at work for you.

Viewed from Central Maryland, about 80 percent of the sun will be obscured.

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