Solar Eclipse 2017

“Do not attempt to observe the partial or annular phases of nay eclipse with the naked eye. Failure to use appropriate filtration may result in permanent eye damage or blindness.” -NASA

 

Can’t you just wear sunglasses? No

Fact :: You would have to wear more than 20 pairs of sunglasses to even remotely come close to safely viewing the eclipse. There is a very short list of approved filters.

Can I safely look at the eclipse for less than a minute total? No.

Fact :: Any time spent looking at the eclipse can cause lasting retinal damage. At the most, you can risk half a second, but do you really want to? I barely understand half a second in time dimension; does your child?

Thankfully, there are several options for safely viewing the solar eclipse.

Make a Pinhole Projector

Pros :: This is the safest and most inexpensive method. 

Cons :: It isn’t a real life view

How-To :: Check out this informative video by NASA, and make it a family project!

Score Some Protective Eyewear {with appropriate filters}

Pros :: You’ll be able to safely view the actual eclipse.

Cons :: You will probably have to purchase the eyewear, as most of the libraries giving them out for free have run out. You also have to make sure all parties viewing it are wearing it exactly as needed.

How-To :: Should you decide to purchase protective eyewear, there are options. Number 14 welders glasses are approved, and are available at some welding supply outlets. You can also use Aluminized Mylar glasses {be sure you use a reputable vendor or ask your local optometrist, as there are several fakes on the market}. 

View the Eclipse via Television, Video, or Photograph 

Pros :: You can view the eclipse over and over again.

Cons :: It isn’t a real-life view.

How-To :: All media outlets will be covering the eclipse. If you choose to photograph it, there is some equipment involved, and you can find instructions here

As for my personal choice? I will be skip the live viewing with my 1 year old and simply watch footage. This is easily the safest choice and ensures she doesn’t somehow take off her protective wear or look up while we are watching the projection
credit houston.citymomsblog.com

 

These are personal recommendations. Please make sure to take all safety precautions.

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