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Watch for knockoffs: Unsafe glasses flood market ahead of eclipse

12 August 2017

The path of totality of the Great American Eclipse is through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and SC. Looking directly at the eclipse at any moment except the brief period when the moon has fully eclipsed the sun without certified glasses could damage your eyes.

One Eclipse enthusiast was really concerned about how the eclipse may affect her horses.

Watch for knockoffs: Unsafe glasses flood market ahead of eclipse
Watch for knockoffs: Unsafe glasses flood market ahead of eclipse

But before you grab the first pair of "eclipse glasses" you find online, eye professionals are warning you to be careful of unapproved, or even discount/counterfeit glasses that might not provide any protection at all.

The umbra, defining the 70-mile-wide shadow where the sun's disk will be completely blocked out, will be at its closest to the space station at 2:23 p.m.

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"Once you get a hole in your retina, it just doesn't work", Schmidt said.

The mistake occurred on a Facebook event page for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas which will host a party for the solar eclipse on August 21.

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Floating in the European Columbus laboratory module, Bresnik showed off a solar filter shipped up to the station earlier, saying "we've got specially equipped cameras that'll have these solar filters on them that allow us to take pictures of the sun".

Here in the Adirondacks, the eclipse will be around 62 percent, creating a crescent sun. The focused sunlight can melt the filter and damage the eyes. Park, Library, and Quincy Mine staff will have viewing glasses available on a first-come, first-serve basis along with pinhole viewers. But the crew will be able to see the umbra, where the eclipse is total, near the southern horizon. The sky will darken in an unnatural way, the temperature can drop several degrees, and birds may fly to roost, thinking night is coming. But, it's significantly more noticeable during a total solar eclipse and astronomers from NASA documented this drop from a total solar eclipse that occurred in Lusaka, Zambia, in 2001. It has been reported during solar eclipses that animals change behavior and may be startled or confused. "If you're not, it's a scientific experience", Levy said. The Adirondack Public Observatory's viewing event will last from 12:30 p.m.to 4.

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It's being the called the "celestial event of the century". Observatory directors will also share more of the science and mythology behind eclipses throughout history.

Watch for knockoffs: Unsafe glasses flood market ahead of eclipse