Solar eclipse 2017: Here's how to view it without special glasses

Griffith Observatory welcome all to come up a see the “Great American Eclipse” happening on Aug 21. The eclipse will only be partial over Southern California

Eclipse glasses are the only safe way to watch the eclipse, according to the American Astronomical Society.

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Homemade filters and ordinary sunglasses don't provide enough protection for looking at the sun or the eclipse.

Wal-Mart and a few other stores may be selling eclipse glasses in areas close to totality but they may have sold out already, and I haven't seen any locally, so that may not stretch as far north as Pennsylvania.

Batesville, In. - After a 40 year wait, the United States will experience a full solar eclipse.

As eclipse glasses sell out at retailers across the U.S., customers are panicking as they realize that their glasses may not arrive in time for the once-in-a-lifetime event.

If you've already ordered glasses online, it might be a good idea to check when they're supposed to be delivered.

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Check the ISO paperwork to make sure that it is complete and that it meets ISO 12312-2 International Safety Standards. This ever-changing region grows and shrinks based on solar conditions، and researchers will use the eclipse as a ready-made experiment.

The sun should appear quite dim through a solar viewer.

Those who are planning to view the eclipse are being advised to protect their eyes, as viewing the sun during an eclipse can cause severe damage.

Safe solar filters produce a view of the sun that is comfortably bright - like the full Moon - in focus, and surrounded by dark sky.

Many local libraries are handing out glasses on the day of the eclipse, possibly before, so check out that possibility. Help children to use handheld solar viewers and eclipse glasses correctly.

If you haven't placed an order yet - or your glasses are arriving after the solar eclipse - don't panic yet. The intense solar rays coming through these devices will damage the solar filter and your eyes.

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