Scammers selling fake solar eclipse glasses

And remember, he said, it is not necessary to have a pair of glasses for each member of the family unless you're likely to stare at the sky through the entire period of time when the moon will obscure part of the sun.

"If we don't list a supplier, that doesn't mean their products are unsafe - only that we have no knowledge of them or that we haven't convinced ourselves they are safe", Rick Feinberg, a society spokesperson, notes in a news release.

"Fortunately, getting hold of eclipse glasses is very easy", said Ms. MacTavish.

Despite this widespread impact on generation, technical experts in both California and the US federal government that they expect that the eclipse will not affect reliability of the electric systems.

The last time a total eclipse was visible in the contiguous United States was 38 years ago, in 1979.

Visitors will receive a free pair of safe eclipse viewing glasses, while supplies last, make their own pinhole projector, talk with astronomy expert Gil Newton, eat moon, and sun, themed food, and participate in other eclipse-related activities. You'll find more information about why you need to protect your eyes at

Most of East Tennessee will be in the eclipse's path.

The eclipse will darken most of the bright sun in Atlanta on August 21, but not all of it.

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The Aug. 21 solar eclipse will reduce the sunlight needed to create electricity at around 1,900 utility-scale solar arrays around the U.S., but the eclipse is not expected harm grid reliability, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

In Edgefield County, spectators will start to see the eclipse at 1:11:19 p.m., when the partial phase begins.

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Are all glasses the same?

NASA has provided the glasses that can be used for viewing an eclipse.

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"You want to be looking down, place them on, then you can safely look up at the sun", he said.

As eclipse fever hits the USA, it's more important than ever to be sure that you're getting real eclipse glasses, not the fakes that have been popping up recently, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) said.

The proper lenses should meet what's called "ISO 12312-2" (sometimes written as "ISO 12312-2:2015") worldwide safety standards, according to the group.

NASA also recommends people to inspect their glasses before they use them. As I browsed online, every seller promised that its glasses were "certified".

Check for the ISO number.

That's why Peltz, cofounder and CCO of the science-education company Mystery Science, along with his partner and CEO Keith Schacht, are working with Google to give away 15,000 glasses to schools around the United States in the coming weeks.

The Eugene Public Library, Friends of Eugene Public Library, and Eugene Public Library Foundation are sponsoring the events.

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