Solar Eclipse Safety
Everyone is gearing up for the big solar eclipse happening August 21. Many libraries have been gathering information as well as planning activities and programs for their communities. Why the hoopla?! Well, last time the United States experienced a total solar eclipse was in 1991 in Hawaii. And it was in 1979 that the contiguous United States saw a total solar eclipse. Then it went through the Pacific Northwest, including Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington state. The next total solar eclipse will be by-passing this region and instead be going from Texas through the Midwest to Maine in 2024. A total solar eclipse is an exciting opportunity that doesn’t occur very often and not always in this country. It can be easy to forget that safety is important when it comes to this natural phenomenon. Good thing that the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other authoritative organizations provide safety information to protect not only our eyes but protect our skin. The National Eye Institute emphasizes the importance of using the correct solar glasses. Make sure the solar eclipse glasses you’re using have a solar filter which meet an international standard as indicated by ISO 12312-2 certification. And make sure that they are not damaged nor older than 3 years. NASA has more information about how to safely view the eclipse including how to use pin hole projections. The American Academy of Ophthalmology provides an infogr...
Source: Dragonfly - Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Blog Source Type: news
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