You may have heard by now that something pretty amazing is set to take place for the first time, across the entire continent, in 99 years, this Monday, August 21, 2017 – the Solar Eclipse. There is a lot of hype surrounding this event, with good measure, the last eclipse the United States had was in 1979, but it was not like this.
FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Even though the eclipse will only last a few minutes, do not look directly at the sun. It can cause permanent damage to your eyes. It is far better to watch the actual eclipse on TV and go outside to just feel the changes in the weather, etc.
- Not all of the “solar eclipse” glasses being sold are actually worth trusting to protect your eyes. Some are complete fakes, so really check yours out before using them. There are couple of websites that will help you verify what you have and two other clues are: the glasses having ISO12312-2 written on them which means they are properly filtered for direct observation of the sun, but since people will cheat in order to make some money here and there, that number is not a failsafe, your glasses should also be extremely dark. Like 100X darker than a pair of sunglasses. You should really not be able to see anything through them if you just walk outside.
- Wild Animals may be confused – domestic pets will most likely not be phased at all, especially ones that live inside, but wild animals may be a little confused as to what is going on and nocturnal animals may come out. As soon as the eclipse is over everything should return to normal pretty quickly.
- Remember that looking through binoculars or a camera is not a proper filter. Many libraries are handing out safety-certified glasses.
This is going to be amazing event that Carmine’s hopes you enjoy safely and without any damage to your eyes. As always, we are here for all of your heating, air and plumbing needs. Give us a call at 203-791-8089.