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Government Information on the Great American Eclipse: Eclipse Safety

This guide provides links to Government Information about the Great American Eclipse that will occur on August 21, 2017

Eclipse Safety

An eclipse is a spectacular sight. Unfortunately, IT COULD ALSO BE DANGEROUS. After nearly every eclipse, there are often news stories about people who ignored warnings and viewed an eclipse without thinking about their safety. Many ended up with permanent eye damage.

Eclipse Safety Infographic from the American Optometric Association - The American Optometric Association has put together a very concise infographic on eclipse safety.

Has Anyone Ever Gone Blind from Staring at a Solar Eclipse? - An article from Live Science on June 30, 2017. It talks about the type of permanent eye damage that can be caused by staring at an eclipse without proper eye protection.

What Happens if you try to Watch the Eclipse - A story from the Chicago Tribune about the type of eye damage that can happen if people look at the sun without proper eye protection during the eclipse.

Everyone knows that they should not look directly at the sun, but some people may be tempted to sneak a peak. To watch an eclipse safely, scientists recommend viewers wear certified eclipse glasses or no. 14 welders goggles. See the Eclipse Glasses page for links to companies that sell certified products.

The following resources contain information on how to safely view a solar eclipse:

The 'All American' Eclipse: A Guide for Libraries and their Communities - this guide from the Space Science Institute, NASA, StarNET, Google and the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, provides scientific, safety and other information on possible events for libraries.

How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely - a PDF document on how to safely view an eclipse developed by NASA, the American Astronomical Society and optometry organizations.

How to View a Solar Eclipse Safely - this site from the American Astronomical Society has information on safely viewing an eclipse and links to manufacturers that sell certified solar viewers.

NASA Eclipse Safety Website - NASA has developed a website that provides information on safely viewing an eclipse. It includes information about sources of solar viewing glasses and various methods of viewing an eclipse with a pinhole or other type of projector.

Eclipse Safety Resources - The American Astronomical Society has several flyers that can be downloaded about eclipse safety, as well as instructions on building solar projectors.

Sky & Telescope How to Safely See a Partial Solar Eclipse - this site from Sky & Telescope magazine provides information and instructions on how to construct projectors to view the eclipse.

Eclipse Safety - a technical article about eclipse safety from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.