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Saftey tips for watching the solar eclipse!

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Are you ready for #Eclipse2017? Make sure to be safe while viewing!

NASA has a great site devoted to Solar Eclipse safety which can be accessed at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety. The page also contains a number of links with interactive maps, live streaming and other useful tools for instruction.

The day of the eclipse is a great learning opportunity for students and adults, but many may be unaware of the dangers. Even looking directly at a small part of the eclipse is too dangerous, as the normal squint response will not occur and the eye will be exposed to dangerous amounts of UV light. The cornea will focus the light and actually scorch the retina. The most concerning part to me is the fact that there is no pain involved with retinal damage. By the time the damage is done it is too late. So being focused on making administrators, teachers and students aware is crucial.

Another amazing source: http://www.starnetlibraries.org/EclipseGuide/