PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE WHEN VIEWING THE HISTORICAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

On August 21, 2017, the United States will experience the first coast to coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. It is estimated that 1.85 million to 7.4 million people will travel to locations in “the path of totality.” Although New York is not in “the path of totality,” people in New York will be able to view a partial eclipse. This rare and exciting event, however, comes with the potential danger of eye injuries including temporary or permanent blindness. It is important that you do not view the eclipse with the naked eye and that you use a solar viewer or eclipse glasses that meet the ISO 12312-2. The American Astrological Society has compiled a list of eclipse glasses and solar viewers that meet this standard: https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.