The solar eclipse is happening THIS Monday (August 21). It’s the first eclipse in 38 years and it will be visible in Sacramento starting at 9:02 a.m., with maximum coverage of almost 80% at 10:17 a.m., ending at 11:39 a.m. Here are some common questions people have about the viewing and what you need to know for the viewing!
1. Any old sun glasses will NOT do. Eclipse viewing glasses with solar filters and ISO 12312-2 certification are the ONLY safe way for you to look directly at the sun. That’s it. No DIY filters. Nothing without the certification. Here in Sacramento, a lot of places are already sold out. But, the Sac Bee found that World of Wonders Science Museum in Lodi, still has about 10,000 pairs left, as of Wednesday afternoon for $1 per pair.
2. Do NOT look through binoculars with your eclipse glasses on. That is not a safe way to view the eclipse because the the concentrated solar rays can damage the filter and ultimately damage your eye.
3. Also, a lot of people are wondering if they can photograph the eclipse with their phones. Everything we’re reading says that shouldn’t harm your phone, but pointing your phone at the sun will likely just give you a small but brilliant blob, since your phone will usually overexpose anything too bright.