Officials discussed precautions that residents, visitors, and businesses should take to prepare for this unique event happening on August 21 when there will be about two and a half minutes of total darkness in Columbia, Greenville, and Charleston.?
The moon will pass in front of the sun but never stare into the sun, or an eclipse. While it will be impressive, it won't be quite as life-changing as experiencing the event along the path of totality which sits to our north. Many major suppliers are already out of stock or scrambling to keep up. In the days leading up to the eclipse, The Weather Channel will also air an "Official Countdown to The Total Solar Eclipse". There, the solar eclipse starts at 11:58 a.m. CDT and totality begins at 1:27 p.m. CDT, lasting for a little under two minutes. All these methods are unsafe for looking at an eclipse.
Hawley, a physics and astronomy professor and the director of engineering physics at the University of Kansas, advised booking any travel tickets and hotel reservations way ahead of time and to expect plenty of traffic on the road. Obviously, the closer you are to the path of totality, the more will be covered.
Look for glasses bearing the designation ISO 12312-2, along with the manufacturer's name and address.
Whether you're handy or not, don't even think about watching the eclipse through conventional sunglasses (even ones with very dark lenses). However, experts warn the market is flooded with counterfeit filtered glasses and viewers labeled with that compliance standard. The American Astronomical Society released a list of reputable vendors of solar filters and viewers. The library has three events planned, at which each person will receive one pair of free glasses.
VALLEY- As America gears up for the upcoming solar eclipse, there are a few vital points to remember when it comes to protecting your eyes and those of your loved ones. One of the flaps, you'll cover with aluminum foil. But there are plenty of ways to safely view an eclipse of the sun, including special-purpose solar filters such as "eclipse glasses" or handheld solar viewers.