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Benjamin Hrouda
Aug 21, 2017

Protect Your Eyes During Today's Solar Eclipse

Aug 21, 2017 by Benjamin Hrouda

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe and can damage your retina. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses" or hand-held solar viewers. 

  • Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are NOT protective.
  • Cleveland OH is outside the path of totality.
  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

The Department of Astronomy will host a Solar Eclipse Party in front of Kelvin Smith Library with a telescope and many pairs of eclipse glasses to view the sun. Additionally, the department will open the telescope on the roof of A.W. Smith Building to give the university community the chance to view the eclipse via telescope projection. Faculty, staff and students from the Department of Astronomy will be at both locations to answer questions.

For more information go to: https://www.cdc.gov/features/solar-eclipse-safety/index.html