The last time a total solar eclipse passed through the Continental United States, personal computers, ESPN, and Happy Meals were just beginning. On Monday we have the chance to witness another total solar eclipse. (Click here to learn when you can see the eclipse). We want to help you be safe during the solar eclipse.
How to Be Safe
Never look directly at an eclipse. Because your eyes cannot handle the sun’s intensity, looking directly at it can blind you. Purchase eclipse glasses or solar filters from a reputable seller for proper protection. NASA offers a list of eclipse safety tips as well.
Because we want you to be safe, we are providing some safety information for viewing the eclipse.
- Inspect your solar filter before use: If your solar filter is scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
- Properly use your safety devices: Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
- Cameras do not count: Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device- even with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer.
- Sunglasses are not enough: Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. However, if you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.
When and Where to See the Eclipse
The total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of the Western, Mid-Western, and Southeastern United States. If you can’t travel there to see the total eclipse in one of these states, do not worry. You can view a partial eclipse of about 75% right from your backyard. According to NASA, the eclipse will be visible from 10:40am to 2:40pm, and will be at maximum point around 1:08pm.
The next total solar eclipse is in April of 2024, and the path of totality does includes Denton. Take the extra safety precautions during this eclipse to make sure you can see it next time too.
When it comes to safety during the eclipse, Be Sure.