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‘Planetarium Patty’ Shares 6 Tips on Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing

Apr 04, 2024

On Monday, April 8, we will experience a partial solar eclipse in our area between 2:04 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. During this time, students and staff should only look up to the sky if wearing certified solar eclipse glasses.

Check out these tips from PGCPS' Planetarium Patty to ensure safe viewing of the Great American Eclipse of April 8, 2024!

1. Use Approved Solar Viewing Glasses

Ensure your eclipse glasses are specifically designed for safe solar viewing. Look for labels that indicate they are intended for direct solar viewing and are in good condition, without any scratches or wrinkles.

2. Wear Glasses Properly

When putting on eclipse glasses, remember the simple mantra: Down, up, down. Always look down first, then up at the sun, and when removing them, look down again before taking them off to avoid accidental exposure to the sun.

3. Avoid Using Makeshift Filters

Do not attempt to view the eclipse through makeshift filters such as multiple pairs of sunglasses, tinted car windows or  tinted home windows. These methods do not provide adequate protection for your eyes.

4. Create a Pinhole Projector

Don’t have eclipse glasses? You can create a simple pinhole projector using materials like cardboard or your hands. This allows you to indirectly view the eclipse safely by projecting its image onto a surface.

5. Never Look Directly at the Sun

Even during partial phases of the eclipse, it's essential to refrain from looking directly at the sun without proper eye protection. The intense solar radiation can cause severe and irreversible damage to your eyes.

6. Tune In Online!

Take advantage of online resources provided by reputable organizations like NASA or NOAA for real-time updates, live streams, and additional safety information in case of bad weather or limited visibility during the eclipse.