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How to Safely View the Solar Eclipse In Maryland

In just a couple of weeks, the New Moon will come between the Sun and the Earth, casting the darkest part of its shadow on mesmerized viewers below. The sun will disappear, the day will revert to nightfall, and massive streaks of light will dance around the silhouette of the moon. If you’re a Maryland resident, you’ll have the chance to experience a partial solar eclipse in the early afternoon of August 21. Discover how you can view the phenomenon safely with the following tips.

Wear Protective Eyewear

The only time that it is ever safe to stare directly at the sun with naked eyes is during the totality phase of a solar eclipse. Unfortunately, Maryland doesn’t lie in the totality path of this upcoming eclipse, so viewers will have to wear protective eyewear at all times. Residents can safely view the partially eclipsed sun through solar filter lenses known as “eclipse glasses.” Ensure that the lenses you purchase meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for eclipse glasses. Brands such as Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, solar viewing glasses which are sold at CEG for this upcoming eclipse and TSE 17 are safe to use.

Never Remove the Eyewear

During the entire course of the solar eclipse, it’s important that you do not remove the eyewear. Removing your eyewear and exposing your eyes to the eclipse could potentially lead to eclipse blindness or retinal burns. The sudden exposure to light can cause damage to the eye, and even destroy cells in the retina.

Do Not Photograph the Eclipse

Solar rays become concentrated when passing through a magnifying lens such as a camera lens or telescope lens. Do not photograph, film, or observe the solar eclipse through any such device.


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