Solar Eclipse Countdown: Prepping for April’s Solar Spectacular


ORLANDO, FL (Ivanhoe Newswire) — April 8th a total solar eclipse will cross over part of the United States. It happens when the moon passes between the sun and earth, completely blocking the face of the sun. If you’re planning on watching this unusual phenomenon, there are some important safety measures to consider.

The total eclipse will be visible in 13 states, weather permitting, and people in the other 48 continental states will get a partial eclipse of varying degrees. It’s only safe to look at the eclipse with protection during this brief total phase. When watching the partial phases of the eclipse, you will need to always use special-purpose solar viewing glasses or a handheld solar viewer. Regular sunglasses are not ok. You can find the special glasses online. But to make sure your solar eclipse glasses are not fakes; they should have silver front lenses and black inside lenses. Make sure your eclipse glasses have the ISO standard logo and manufacturer’s directions should be printed on your glasses. Alternatively, you can use an indirect viewing method, such as a pinhole projector. Do not use camera lenses, binoculars, or a telescope with solar viewers. The solar rays can burn through the filter and cause serious eye injuries.

And remember, the sun will be very bright. Wear sunscreen, a hat, and protective clothing to prevent skin damage. So, enjoy the eclipse but remember to do so safely!

During the last total eclipse, special glasses were hard to find. You can order solar eclipse glasses online now, ranging in price from a few dollars to 50 dollars. And remember, always inspect your eclipse glasses. Make sure they aren’t torn, scratched, or damaged. If you miss this one, your next chance will be in 2044.


Contributors to this news report include: Julie Marks, Producer; Bob Walko, Editor.

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