Partial solar eclipse starts at 1:17 p.m., but take precautions

Rachel and Conrad Potvin at Maple Ridge Centre used a huge lens to project the eclipse for safe viewing, Aug. 21. Courtesy photo

DUNDAS COUNTY — Today’s partial solar eclipse begins at 1:17 p.m. The weather forecast calls for a fine summer’s day with a potentially unobscured local view of the celestial event; just make sure to take the proper precautions to protect your eyes from the sun’s blinding rays.

The Canadian Association of Optometrists advises:

  1. Safety Focus: Ensure your eyes are protected at all times by using approved solar eclipse viewers that meet international standard ISO 12312-2 for safe viewing. Make sure that the glasses are not damaged or scratched before use. Sunglasses, even those with a very dark tint are not sufficient protection.
  2. Don’t Get Burned! Staring at the sun without protection, may cause damage to your retina (the tissue at the back of your eye) called “solar retinopathy.” This damage can occur without any sensation of pain. The injury can be temporary or permanent. Visit your local doctor of optometry immediately if an accident occurs.
  3. Go Indirect – Project: If you can’t find eclipse viewers, make a pinhole projector to watch the eclipse. It’s important to only watch the screen, not the sun. Never look at the sun through the pinhole.
  4. Watch online or on TV.
  5. Check It Out: If you experience any problems with your eyes or vision after the eclipse, see your optometrist promptly.

In the Stormont, Dundas and Glegarry area, the sun will be 65 percent blocked out by the moon during the high point of the eclipse. Maximum coverage will occur at 2:35 p.m.

Below, Bill Harbers of Morrisburg took this video of the partial solar eclipse this afternoon, then sped it up for final production. The clip concludes with a quick montage of high-quality photos taken through his telescope, using a solar filter.

 

Below, see the Nation Valley News live feed.

NASA’s live eclipse feed on Facebook, below:

 

 


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