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Tips for Viewing a Total Solar Eclipse

Total Eclipse

Except during the brief total phase of a total solar eclipse, when the moon completely blocks the sun’s bright face, it’s not safe to look directly at the eclipse without specialized eye protection for solar viewing.

  • Use approved solar eclipse viewers. The only safe way to view a partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or viewers that meet international standard ISO 12312-2 for safe viewing. You can also use a welding shield at least shade 12 or darker. Inspect your eclipse glasses or welding shield before use.
  • Do not use. Sunglasses, smoked glass, unfiltered telescopes or binoculars, and polarizing filters. These are unsafe and can cause severe eye damage.
  • “Totality” is awesome. Only within the path of totality (when the moon completely blocks the sun) can eclipse viewers safely be removed to see totality. Once the sun begins to reappear, be sure to replace your viewers.
  • Plan ahead. Northwest Ohio should be a hotspot for viewing the total solar eclipse. Officials expect a significant increase in visitors to our area, along with increased traffic congestion. If you plan on traveling, be sure to have a full gas tank and allow ample time to arrive at your destination safely. Check with local businesses to verify operating hours, as many facilities, including schools, will be closed for the total solar eclipse.

Remember: No matter how dark, regular sunglasses are UNSAFE for viewing the sun.