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Tips for Viewing the Solar Eclipse

Mother Nature reminds us through this event to be prepared for any natural disaster that could disrupt our routine. Since a solar eclipse happens so rarely, we recommend you take a moment to review these tips for safe and enjoyable viewing of this scientific phenomenon.

Protect Your Eyes

  • Ordinary sunglasses or homemade filters are not safe or suitable for viewing the eclipse.
  • The media has been reporting that a lot of fake “eclipse glasses” are for sale on the internet. To be sure you are purchasing legitimate solar filter glasses, refer to the list of Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers published by the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

Tips for Viewing the Eclipse

  • Find a safe place to view the eclipse and don’t attempt to do so while driving.
  • Cover your eyes with eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking at the bright sun. If you wear eyeglasses, place your special-feature solar viewing glasses over them.
  • Consult an expert before using a solar filter with a camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device (the concentrated rays will damage the filter and could severely injure your eyes).


( Solar Eclipse Viewing Tip Sheet )