PA Solar Eclipse

Happy Eclipse Day! 🌞

Today is the first time since 1806 that PA has been in the direct path of a solar eclipse! 😲

And we’re so lucky to have most of our state in Total (100%) or Partial (90%) eclipse…this truly is a once in a lifetime event!

Make sure to fully enjoy your experience by protecting your eyes πŸ‘€ Looking directly at the sun, even during a partial eclipse, can cause permanent damage to your vision.

Remember:

πŸ‘‰ Always use specially designed solar eclipse glasses and viewers to block out the sun’s harmful rays. Make sure they meet safety requirements and are manufactured with the ISO 12312-2 standard.

πŸ‘‰ Ordinary sunglasses are NOT strong enough to protect your eyes.

πŸ‘‰ Watching a solar eclipse on your smartphone camera or other device that is not configured to view solar events can put you at risk of accidentally looking at the sun. It could also damage your smartphone or camera. Don’t take the risk.

πŸ‘‰ Exposing your eyes to the sun without proper eye protection during a solar eclipse can cause β€œeclipse blindness” or retinal burns, also known as solar retinopathy.

πŸ‘‰Seek care from an eye care professional immediately if you experience symptoms such as loss of central vision, distorted vision, and/or altered color vision.

For more information about today’s celestial event, check out this timeline of events from the PA Department of Education: https://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/SolarEclipse/Pages/default.aspx

And for those outside the viewing area, here’s the link to NASA’s live feed: https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/future-eclipses/eclipse-2024/live/

Safe viewing, Star Gazers! 😎🌞

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