Professional Photographer's Tips To Keep Camera, Eyes Safe During Eclipse

Totality will cross the United States from west to east, beginning at Lincoln Beach, Oregon, where totality will occur at 10:16 a.m. (PDT).

This is great for people who aren't planning to follow the eclipse's path of totality or the unfortunate ones who don't live anywhere close to the path.

A list of certified safe solar viewer manufacturers is available at the American Astronomical Society's website. If you're in the 70-mile-wide path of totality, you can look directly at the eclipse during the couple of minutes - around 2 minutes and 40 seconds to be specific - that the moon has completely covered the sun.

Eclipses occur during the new Moon phase of the Moon's cycle, when it passes between the Earth and the Sun. "Without those two then you really need to stay inside and watch it on television", she said.

"Probably 100 million people are going to look at this but the dangers of looking at the Sun are real and serious", said Vincent Jerome Giovinazzo, director of ophthalmology at Staten Island University Hospital Northwell Health.

"So this is another way, but this is a way you're not looking at the sun directly, so this is safe because light rays aren't coming directly into your eyes".

He witnessed his first solar eclipse in 1999. "Ideally, a clear sky would be best", he said, adding that thin, wispy clouds like cirrus or cirrostratus clouds might not obscure views too much. With your back to the sun, hold the piece with the hole in it so the sunlight shines through onto another piece of white cardboard.

Eclipse Soundscapes isn't the only option for experiencing the eclipse without sight. "It is really very serious". You can also use the projection method to keep up with the eclipse. During this interactive webcast, viewers can use Twitter or email to ask questions of NASA experts, and learn more about the science of the sun, Earth and moon.

The last time the U.S. experienced a solar eclipse was 1979, but it has been 99 years since the celestial event crossed the entire continent.

Astronomers predict that there will be several eclipses over the next 35 years that will be visible from somewhere in North America.

John Bosetti, M.D., of the Eye Specialists of Napa Valley, offered tips on how to safely view the eclipse.

Telepun said he won't even pay attention to Friday's forecast, despite how promising it looks for him.

The sun is about 400 times greater in diameter than the moon but, by coincidence, it's also 400 times farther way, creating the appearance that they are roughly the same size.

"I'm not going to be staring at the sun". In severe cases, patients may become legally blind, he said.

If you're checking out the eclipse somewhere in Brooklyn, send us your pics.

People living across the continental US will have a chance to see a total solar eclipse for the first time in 99 years next week on August 21, so you might be thinking about taking some pics.

Special eclipse glasses, which block out more than 99.9 per cent of the sun's light, or a pair of binoculars fitted with a specialised solar filter, have been recommended. There are some things you should think about before you point your smartphone skyward and start snapping away.

  • Leroy Wright