The focused sunlight can melt the filter and damage the eyes. But in the so-called "path of totality" where Levesque is headed, spanning from OR to SC, viewers will be able to see the total eclipse in all its glory. As the moon passes by the sun, the moon completely blocks the sunlight in an area of total eclipse and blocks a portion of the sun's light in areas of partial eclipse. There will be free eclipse shades and solar filtered telescopes on hand for the event.
Science Central's gift shop is selling solar eclipse viewing cards for $1.99 each to the public and for $1 each for Science Central members.
"We've SOLD OUT of Eclipse Glasses!"
Eclipse viewing glasses also will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis on the library plaza, the news release said.
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The lenses of some obvious fakes allow the penetration of light from such relatively faint sources as fluorescent lamps, while the only thing one should see through authentic solar-safe filters when looking at objects fainter than the sun is pitch blackness.
NPS said to view the sun during the eclipse, use eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer. If you stare at the sun without protection, you may experience damage to your retina (the tissue at the back of your eye) called "solar retinopathy".