Library giving out 500 pairs of eclipse glasses on Monday

A view of the eclipsed sun through eclipse glasses

A view of the eclipsed sun through eclipse glasses

The American Astronomical Society has created a list of reputable brands that you can find here, after scammers started stamping phony knockoffs with the global safety stamps.

To safely view the epic solar eclipse that will cut a dramatic shadow across the United States on August 21, you'll need a special pair of ultra-dark sunglasses. Take note, though - eclipse glasses aren't just sunglasses.

There are several ways to do so, including using one's hands to make a screen to help focus on a shadow of the eclipse on the ground, using a device called a Sunspotter, and wearing special glasses to actually track the eclipse in the sky. If you buy a fake pair of eclipse glasses, you're out a buck or so. "You don't want to use your sunglasses to look at the sun".

Here's the deal: Glasses that are safe for directly viewing the sun must meet the standard, set by the International Organization for Standardization, and the glasses or viewer will then indicate that they are ISO 12312-2 compliant.

"Directly staring into the sun, even for a few seconds, can cause significant permanent damage to your eyes", said Dr. Christina Weng, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Baylor. Glasses can also be purchased from Parkland Planetarium for $1.

You'll need to travel to Georgia's most northeastern counties, including Union and Rabun, to see the total eclipse. When you have the real deal, you won't be able to see a thing but the sun.

Patricia Spencer, Lewis and Clark Library Public Information Officer, believes that people's feelings about the eclipse will change during the actual experience. The moon will block the sun and turn daylight into darkness.

The 70-mile-wide swath of land where the full spectacle can be seen stretches from OR to SC, with 12 states in its path.

"Just do not do it", Goldberg says of looking directly at the eclipse.

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