Watching a total eclipse like the August 21st event can be done safely with proper eye protection. Staring at the Sun outside of the window of total coverage by the moon, and/or without proper eyewear or techniques, will likely damage to your eyes. The only safe time to look at an eclipse with the naked eye is during the total phase of a total eclipse.
Eyewear used for eclipse viewing must meet certain safety standards. American Paper Optics, Rainbow Symphony, and Thousand Oaks Optical are NASA-approved manufacturers of safety glasses. There are also instructions on making handheld devices like the pinhole viewer on the internet (see Viewing Safety Tips tab).
Two Dozen Tips for the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Astronomy.com, 2014
Ancient eclipses show Earth’s rotation is slowing. Science Magazine, December 2016
Megamovie’ project will ask volunteers across U.S. to capture August eclipse. Science Magazine, February 2017
Solar Eclipses : When is the Next One? Space.com, April 2017
Chasing Eclipses Across 7 Continents. National Geographic, May 2017
How Scientists Predict the Path of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Space.com, June 2017
NASA’s plans for August 21 eclipse. EarthSky.org, June 2017 (see video on the NASA tab)
Seven Things You Must Anticipate For The 2017 Solar Eclipse. Forbes, June 2017
The Art And Science Of Solar Eclipses. American Scientist, July-August 2016
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