There is a solar eclipse occurring next week, August 21st, 2017. A solar eclipse is when the moon blocks the sun. In Massachusetts, we will not be able to see the total eclipse; however, parts of it will still be visible! If you plan on viewing this exciting occurrence, make sure to protect your eyes. Reliant’s Dr. Eugenio Candal advises: “As an ophthalmologist, I stress the importance of protecting the eyes during this rare event. There is a risk of solar retinopathy if people look at the sun without the proper protection, which could end up causing irreversible loss of central vision. I emphasize using eye protection that is certified by the American Astronomical Society. Regular sunglasses do not provide enough protection. Visit this link to learn more about how to safely view the eclipse: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety. This also links to a list of vendors certified by the AAS asauthorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products. Once the eyes are protected, enjoy the show!
The eclipse is estimated to occur between 1:00-4:00pm in our area and is the first time the United States has seen a total solar eclipse since 1918! We hope you and your loved ones are able to enjoy this astronomical event safely. But remember, don’t look directly at the sun without proper eye protection.