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The solar eclipse is almost here. Here's how you can safely watch it with free glasses
The solar eclipse is almost here. Here's how you can safely watch it with free glasses
The solar eclipse is almost here. Here's how you can safely watch it with free glasses

Published on: 03/31/2024

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We see a bad moon arising. Wait, no, that's the Great American Eclipse.

Although the South Shore is not going to be directly along the path where the sun will be 100% covered by the moon, also known as totality, we are going to see a sun that is about 90% covered by the moon.

The solar eclipse is set to occur on April 8, from 2-4 p.m.

Click here for exact times anywhere in the U.S., based on your zip code.

Solar eclipse glasses are recommended for watching the eclipse as it happens. Luckily, there are ways to get them free.

There will be 100 to 150 pairs of eclipse glasses available on the day of the event at the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy as well as with an outdoor viewing party open to the public, said Rosie Smith, librarian and programming and outreach specialist.

"For people who don't want to be outside or don't have the glasses, we'll be having an indoor viewing with a livestream of the eclipse," Smith said.

Except for service animals, pets will not be allowed at the library, Smith said. The solar eclipse glasses will also be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

"We're very excited," Smith said. "I hope people can see the eclipse safely with the glasses."

Warby Parker, a glasses retailer with locations in Hingham and Dedham, said on its website that solar eclipse glasses will be offered in honor of the eclipse.

"That's why we're giving away free, ISO-certified solar eclipse glasses at all our stores from April 1 until the big day (while supplies last)," the website said.

Barry DeCristofano has been a member of the South Shore Astronomical Society for the last two decades. He says an event like the solar eclipse on April 8 is a rare and amazing experience.

"There was one in 2017, seven years ago, and the next one like this that you can see in the continental U.S. won't be for another 20 years," DeCristofano said.

In the Northeast, another event like the total solar eclipse won't happen for an even longer period of time, with the next one slated to happen more than 50 years from now.

"The closest, if you're going to be perfectly perpendicular from where you are to the path, it's going to be Northern Vermont," he said.

No.

Regular sunglasses do not count as eclipse glasses, NASA experts say. No matter how dark, regular sunglasses are not safe for looking directly at the sun. 

"Safe solar viewers are thousands of times darker and ought to comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard," according to the space agency.

The same as a normal day, looking at the sun is not recommended, DeCristofano said, outlining some safety tips for people to have a fun and safe experience.

"If you're gonna look at it just with your eyes, you're going to need to get those solar-filtered glasses. But you need to get them from a reputable dealer," DeCristofano said.

People can look at the eclipse directly, but only if they are located in the path of total darkness, he said, once the sun is fully obscured people have four minutes to directly look at the eclipse before the sun begins to creep back into view. The closest place to do that? Northern Vermont.

"There is nothing during an eclipse that isn't there any other time, OK?" DeCristofano said. "It's just that because it's darkened you're tempted to look up at it for longer."

Fernando Cervantes is an intern for the Patriot Ledger. He can be reached at [email protected]. Rin Velasco is a reporter for Old Colony Memorial in Plymouth. She can be reached at [email protected].

News Source : https://www.patriotledger.com/story/news/2024/03/30/quincy-ma-solar-eclipse-time-how-long-where-to-watch/73120919007/

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