On August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible across a narrow band over the United States...an event that is not only rare, but for many, a once in a life-time opportunity. We recently wrote an article on everything you need to know for this year's eclipse. Make sure to check it out so you know the best location to see it!
Let's talk about something else really important: how to actually see the eclipse. Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating that you try looking at the sun with your sunglasses on...but I think we've all sort-of done that in some point in our life. It hurts, and you can't look for very long. Wearing sunglasses to look at the eclipse is essentially the same thing as putting a cardboard house up in the arctic. The cardboard house looks protective from the outside, but you're still going to be really, really cold. Same thing with sunglasses. If you try to look at the eclipse with your sunglasses, you will miss the entire event and likely damaging your eyes. No one wants that.
Even just staring at the sun (with or without sunglasses) for more than a few seconds can damage your precious eyeballs! It's not joke. That's why ISO-rated eclipses glasses are so important for watching the upcoming total eclipse. A common misconception is that eclipse glasses are just stronger sunglasses....not true! Eclipse glasses are not sunglasses, in fact...you cannot see through them, they are totally black...until you look at the sun.
The totality of the eclipse will last just under three minutes, but the entire process of the sun becoming covered will be approximately 2-3 hours long. Eclipse glasses are the only way you will be able to fully watch the movement of the shadow over the sun.
Why ISO-Certified Eclipse Glasses Are Important
ISO simply stands for "International Organization of Standardization". This certification just means that several scientific perspectives are taken into account to build the safest lenses based on existing safety standards. In the case of eclipse glasses, and developing lenses made for looking at the sun, eclipse glasses lenses follow a regulated standard criteria of having a optical density of 5 or greater. Basically ISO-certified eclipse glasses is a product commitment to you that the glasses you are wearing are truly protecting your eyes from the suns dangerous and very powerful rays.
Where Can I Can Eclipse Glasses?
We thought you'd never ask. First....you might think about getting them soon, because the supplies are limited and we expected to SELL OUT before the eclipse event on August 21st.
Stop by our office Monday through Friday, 8am-11am to get your pair!
You're welcome to call ahead of time too (307-638-6054) and ask for Dara.
We are located at 4101 Evans Ave, 2nd floor of the old air traffic control tower (sign on tower says "DayWeather")