IMPORTANT SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING INFORMATION

Shared by the Northeast District Department of Health

There is much talk and interest in Monday’s fast approaching solar eclipse. To that end, we would like to share important information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about viewing the eclipse safely:

https://www.cdc.gov/features/solar-eclipse-safety/index.html.

A TOTAL solar eclipse – when the moon completely covers the sun – will be visible in a 70-mile band that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina on Monday, August 21st. The rest of North America (that means us, northeast CT!) will experience a PARTIAL solar eclipse. Without special eye protection, viewing the partial eclipse that happens immediately before and after the total eclipse can permanently damage your vision, causing vision loss, even permanent blindness. When natural dimming of the sky from this phenomenon occurs (approx 2:45pm on 8/21/17), you may be tempted to look up at the sun. Refrain from doing so without proper eye protection. If you do not have safety-standard approved eclipse glasses or other recommended equipment for solar viewing, the safest way to watch the eclipse is on television or at a planetarium.

The CDC also shares a link to an easy-to-read guide at: https://www.preventblindness.org/solar-eclipse-and-your-eyes.

Take a moment to check out the good information on the CDC website so you can enjoy the sight of the century safely