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Tips for viewing the solar eclipse

Tips for viewing the solar eclipse

During the eclipse, stand with your back to the sun, hold the sheet with the hole above the other, and an image of the sun will show up on the paper without the hole.

Grifton Public Library, 568 Queen St., Grifton is open from 11:30 a.m.to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m.to 6:30 p.m.

Along the path of totality, people will experience one of nature's most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse.

Unless the Sun is completely covered by the Moon, you really shouldn't look at it directly.

Every area of the United States, however, will have some portion of the eclipse with 90 percent to 60 percent visible, from the extreme northern border with Canada to the extreme southern border with Mexico. You should see a projection of the eclipse on the sheet of white paper, and you won't need glasses.

Here are some things to know.

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"The brightness and intensity of harmful light damages the focal point of your eye", Vann said.

Looking at the sun during the eclipse without proper eyewear may result in serious eye damage and possibly blindness.

Students and staff will be provided approved safety glasses for eclipse viewing.

Officials say the harsh rays of the sun on Monday can cause permanent damage to your eyes.

To watch the eclipse safely, you'll need to use appropriate eye glasses to filter out the sunlight. Consumer Reports recommends ones labeled with the safety code ISO 12312-2, which designates the global standard for solar filters.

Anticipation of the eclipse has been at a high pitch, and that's why large crowds are expected to travel to good viewing locations. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. Sunglasses, no matter how dark, are not efficient enough protection, and specialized filter glasses are recommended. While facing away from the sun, the viewer then makes a waffle-shaped shadow on the ground with his or her fingers. This is why sometimes during a new moon phase, the moon appears to pass either above or below the sun, and therefore the shadow misses Earth, according to space.com.

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