Fargo Public Library to host two solar eclipse events

Alain Brian
Août 13, 2017

"We've SOLD OUT of Eclipse Glasses!" Special eclipse shades will be available. But in the so-called "path of totality" where Levesque is headed, spanning from OR to SC, viewers will be able to see the total eclipse in all its glory. Within the path of totality, you can safely witness the two or more minutes when the moon completely covers the sun with the naked eye.

Even as makers of certified, safety-tested solar eye ware rushed to meet surging demand before the August 21 eclipse, they have joined astronomers and optometrists in warning of defective knockoffs flooding the USA market.

Eclipse viewing glasses also will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis on the library plaza, the news release said. Homemade sun filters and regular sunglasses do not provide sufficient eye protection.

The American Astronomical Society has listed manufacturers of eclipse glasses on their site, which are verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 worldwide safety standard. Turn away from the sun before removing the solar filter. Optometrists want to reinforce that the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters or other ISO-certified filters, such as "eclipse glasses" or handheld solar viewers.

If you normally wear eyeglasses, put the eclipse-viewing glasses over them or hold the hand-held solar viewer in front of them.

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