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Solar Eclipse Information

On Monday, August 21, 2017 all of America will experience a solar eclipse. Some areas will witness a total eclipse (when the moon entirely covers the sun); other regions will witness a partial eclipse.  Southern California will experience a 62% eclipse, with the moon beginning to cover the sun at 9:05 am, reaching maximum coverage at 10:21 am, and then moving away from the sun at 11:45 am.  

This is the first total solar eclipse visible in the US in 38 years.  While this is an exciting learning opportunity, according to the American Astronomical Society* and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, looking at the sun during an eclipse without adequate eye protection can cause permanent damage to the retina.

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special solar eclipse glasses. Ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. If you choose to purchase eclipse glasses for your child, go to this NASA website link, for list of reputable vendors and to make sure your eclipse glasses are safe.

Speak with your children and make sure they understand that looking at the sun during the eclipse without adequate eye protection can cause permanent damage to their eyes. 

As a precautionary measure, elementary schools will be on an inclement weather schedule on Monday, August 21 and students will have indoor activities and during lunches.  

For more information, click here to see eye safety guidelines or go to the following websites:

  1. NASA: Eclipse 2017

  2. American Astronomical Society: Solar Eclipse Across America

  3. American Astronomical Society: Eye Safety

  4. American Academy of Ophthalmology:  Eye Safety

  5. PBS Learning Media: Solar Eclipses

  6. CIT Jet Propulsion Laboratory: "How to Make a Pinhole Camera"

  7. TIME will stream the eclipse starting at 12 p.m. EDT on Aug. 21 on 

  8. Time.com, along with its Facebook and YouTube pages. 

    This document does not constitute medical advice. Readers with questions should contact a qualified eye-care professional.