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Safely Viewing a Solar Eclipse

 
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On Monday, August 21, 2017, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in Mississippi. Eye protection is vital to avoid damage or blindness.

Protect your eyes: At no time in Mississippi will this solar eclipse be safe to look at directly with unprotected eyes. Use reputable eclipse glasses or an indirect method such as a pinhole projector to view this event safely.

What happens in a partial solar eclipse?

During a partial solar eclipse, the moon moves in front of the sun and blocks part of its light. In this eclipse, about 85% of the sun will be briefly covered by the moon. The remaining sunlight is still intense enough to cause eye damage or blindness, though.
 

What is the risk to my eyes?

Looking directly at the sun during a solar eclipse can cause retinal burns due to intense light. This does not cause pain, but temporary or permanent damage to the retina of the eye will result. It can take a few hours to a few days after viewing the solar eclipse to realize the damage that has occurred.
 

How can I safely view the eclipse?

Eclipse glasses made from plastic with a reflective aluminum coating can safely block most of the sun's harmful radiation and make it safe to look directly at the eclipse as it is occurring. Make sure that you use good quality eclipse glasses by checking with this list of reputable vendors of solar filters and viewers.

Pinhole projection is the safest way to view the sun. Simply make a small round hole in a piece of thin cardboard or heavy paper and hold it between the sun and a smooth surface two or three feet away such as a sidewalk or a second sheet of paper. Adjust the distance until you see a clear, small image of the sun.
Directions for making a pinhole projector »

 
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Last reviewed on Aug 10, 2017
Mississippi State Department of Health 570 East Woodrow Wilson Dr Jackson, MS 39216 866-HLTHY4U web@HealthyMS.com
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