Earth and Space Science Center director from TJC provides tips to ensure the safety of your eclipse glasses


Earth and Space Science Center director from TJC provides tips to ensure the safety of your eclipse glasses

The Great American Total Solar Eclipse is approaching, and with less than two weeks to go, finding eclipse glasses may become increasingly challenging. This scarcity can lead to counterfeit and unsafe viewing glasses entering the market to meet the demand. On April 8, a total solar eclipse will be visible throughout North America, with several East Texas communities in the path of totality. Dr. Timothy Young from Lehmann Eye Center emphasizes the importance of using proper eclipse glasses to protect the eyes from the intense light of the sun, which can cause permanent damage to the retina.

During the 2017 eclipse, the American Astronomical Society issued a warning about counterfeit solar eclipse glasses being sold online due to the high demand. Dr. Beau Hartweg explains that safe glasses will have a specific ISO rating, with the number 12312-2 being the one to look for. Dr. Anna Lehmann emphasizes that sunglasses are not a suitable substitute for eclipse glasses, as they lack the specialized solar filter required for safe viewing.

Dr. James Berg cautions against using binoculars or cameras to view the eclipse, as they can intensify the sunlight and potentially cause harm even when wearing eclipse glasses. Hartweg stresses the importance of purchasing glasses from reputable vendors, with a list of approved vendors available on the American Astronomical Society’s website. Additionally, KLTV and KTRE are offering ISO Safe glasses for free at select local Dairy Queens. Remember to protect your eyes during the solar eclipse to avoid any permanent vision damage.

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