Beware of counterfeit solar eclipse glasses

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Such an occurrence happens when the Earth moves between the Moon and the Sun but the three are not lined up perfectly. Two-thirds of the time, it's not, and there's only a partial eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs only at the new moon phase, when the moon is only partially illuminated by the sun, Krause said.

The eclipse's totality - the path of the moon's shadow cast upon the Earth - will cross straight through the country and even clip the northeast corner of Georgia. Studying the corona is critical in understanding solar flares and storms, which create handsome phenomena like the Northern Lights but can also disrupt satellite communications.

Hewitt is taking a trip to Idaho to view the eclipse from a mountain with other astronomers but he isn't the only one taking a trip.

There are myths and sayings about eclipses causing weird events and changes in behavior, but what about for animals? How those people have lived this long totally baffles doctors, scientists and insurance actuaries. It'll have special options for users to record air and surface temperatures before, during and after the eclipse, along with changes in wind and humidity.

This historic event has created quite a nationwide buzz, and with our area being included in the path of totality, the excitement is evident in Bradley and Polk counties.

Midlands tourism officials are finalizing plans to give away 100,000 pairs of the glasses with lenses that allow viewing the eclipse safely.

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"The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special goal solar filters, such as 'eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers, '" according to NASA experts.

Use a pinhole projector or eclipse-rated eye protection when viewing the event. Sunglasses and unfiltered cameras, telescopes and binoculars won't cut it.

There are several specifications NASA says all safe eyewear should have, you can find those here.

If you are buying eclipse glasses, you need to make sure you're getting the right ones - there have been reports recently about false glasses being sold.

Nasa suggests that viewers purchase eclipse glasses and hand-held solar viewers from three companies - Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, and Thousand Oaks Optical - all of who have certified that their products meet the ISO 12312-2 global standard for such products.

As per the report released by the NASA scientists, who have said that they will use the research plane to capture crystal-clear images of the Sun's Corona, and also its outer atmosphere from the next month, which is possible due to its twin telescopes.

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