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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Solar Eclipse Tomorrow!

Hey ya'll,

The total solar eclipse is tomorrow.  If you intend on watching, remember to be careful so you don't hurt your eyes.  I bought some solar glasses from a coworker who got a pack off Amazon, Soluna brand, and they turned out to be fakes.  According to the manufacturer's website, the real Soluna glasses have the website url listed below the logo in the middle of the glasses (on the backside).  The fakes may have this too but most actually fail to copy this simple aspect.  The ones she sold me didn't have them.  What that means is that they may not meet ISO requirements and won't be effective in blocking out harmful rays.

Another person from work made their own viewing pane from cardstock and aluminum foil via online instructions.  Another option would be to use a kiddie pool or some wide container filled with water and angle it at the sun then watch the eclipse in the reflection without looking up.  I'm not sure what I'll do yet. Maybe wear my sunglasses and wait until everything's dark before looking up and then look away immediately when light begins to peak... or use a mirror and angle it away... dunno yet.

Anyhow, whatever you plan to do, be safe.  There will likely be a lot of traffic outside tomorrow depending on whether you're in one of the prime zones for viewing or not, so be careful.  Watch the road, not the sky.  Heard some people are freaking out about the concept of a total blackout too like it's the apocalypse... reminds me of primitive cavemen.  Oh well, to each his own.

Let me know what your plans are for the eclipse!

~Lenne Penry

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