Lake Mead Recreational Area holding solar eclipse viewing party

NASA announces television coverage for Aug. 21 solar eclipse

And if you're still finalizing where you'll be for the solar eclipse (don't worry, you still have 10 days), you may want to check out Smart Meetings' list of eight sites along its path.

From noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St., will hold an AWS Special Abilities and Solar Eclipse Preparation Day for people with disabilities and for the general public.

A solar eclipse takes place when the orbit of the moon puts it the path of the sun's rays beaming toward Earth. Prior to that, the last eclipse to traverse from coast to coast was June 8, 1918, according to the National Park Service. "The sun was totally blocked out and you could see the aurora around the sun", Smith said that moment it went dark "you could see the peace and quiet in god's creation".

Following the show, local astronomers Jay Huston and Warren Hart will expand upon the show with an in-depth look at eclipses, their effects and a question-and-answer session. The focused sunlight can melt the filter and damage the eyes. Homemade sun filters and regular sunglasses do not provide sufficient eye protection.

Solar eclipse glasses are flying off the shelves.


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. Solar view glasses and pinhole cameras also will be available to the public.

Eclipse viewing glasses also will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis on the library plaza, the news release said.

The American Astronomical Society has listed manufacturers of eclipse glasses on their site, which are verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 global safety standard.

Always supervise children using solar filters. Using a tripod can help you stabilize the camera and avoid taking blurry images during the low lighting.

The legitimate glasses, which offer no views outside the eclipse, carry their own hazards, however.

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