Technology 5 things NOT to do during the eclipse

01:02  18 august  2017
01:02  18 august  2017 Source:   TODAY

What time is the solar eclipse where I live?

  What time is the solar eclipse where I live? You'll need perfect timing to catch the exact moment the moon blocks the sun in your city. The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 lasts less than a minute in some places, while a partial eclipse can be visible for an hour or more.

Share. Tweet. Pin. Email. The Great American Eclipse is inspiring a great frenzy, with millions of people preparing to get the best look possible as the moon covers the sun on Monday. All of North America will be treated to at least a partial eclipse , with a full eclipse visible in 14 states.

The Great American Eclipse is almost upon us, and millions will be flocking to the path of totality. Although there are many great activities to do before, after and during , here are the top things you must not do during those moments of darkness.

solar eclipse© AFP - Getty Images solar eclipse The Great American Eclipse is inspiring a great frenzy, but don't make these mistakes on Monday.

The Great American Eclipse is inspiring a great frenzy, with millions of people preparing to get the best look possible as the moon covers the sun on Monday.

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All of North America will be treated to at least a partial eclipse, with a full eclipse visible in 14 states.

Are you ready for the spectacular sight? The biggest thing to remember is to never look directly at the sun without the proper protection.

If you're watching the total solar eclipse, don't forget to wear sunscreen

  If you're watching the total solar eclipse, don't forget to wear sunscreen Be sure to wear sunscreen — especially if you're planning to view it for a long time. While you might be more concerned with keeping your eyes safe from the sun, the hour or two you spend watching the whole process will leave your skin exposed.

Although there are many great activities to do before, after and during , here are the top things you must not do during those moments of darkness. 2.) Do not leave your eclipse glasses on during totality.

Others aren’t sure whether they need their eclipse glasses or what all the things they should look for and try to experience are. The vast majority of Americans going out to look at the eclipse will not be in that region. Thus for them, “take off glasses during maximum” is not good advice.

Here are the main "don'ts" you should know about:

1. Don't use do-it-yourself solar filters

Eclipse viewing glasses with solar filters and ISO 12312-2 certification are the only safe way to look directly at the sun. DIY solar filters are not recommended.

"People have done a lot of strange things — they take a glass with like tea in it or coffee or something to put in front of it. Not safe," said Sean Brittain, an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Clemson University.

Looking through a dark beer bottle or spray-painted glass also won't protect you.

By the way, astronomers who teach kids about eclipse safety have heard it all.

"One of the little girls at the schools asked if her dog needs eclipse glasses," said Andrew Garmon, a graduate student in Clemson University's department of physics and astronomy.

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"I understood at that moment why people chase these things around the world." During totality you don't actually need eye protection, but if you have a pair of binoculars, it's the perfect time to whip those out as the eclipse gives a unique viewing opportunity.

Here are five things you need to know about the upcoming solar eclipse and what you can expect to see where you are. In fact, the only time you are able to see it with the naked eye is during a total solar eclipse .

For the record: no. Animals know better than to look at the sun and may actually use the darkening sky as a sign to nap.

2. Don't put on eclipse glasses and then look through binoculars

That's also not safe: The concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eyes, causing serious injury, NASA warns.

Solar filters must be attached to the front of any binoculars, telescope or camera lens. Never use small solar filters that attach to the eyepiece, as is the case in some older, cheaper telescopes, the agency adds.

"If the filter is attached to the spot where you place your eye, sunlight concentrated by your optics will burn right through it," the American Astronomical Society cautions.

3. Don't wear eclipse glasses during the brief moment of totality

If, and only if, you are in the thin path of totality — where day will turn into night for about two minutes — it's OK to take off your eclipse viewing glasses during the brief time when the moon fully eclipses the sun. You're safe then, and you can soak in the spectacular sight.

What Is a Partial Solar Eclipse?

  What Is a Partial Solar Eclipse? A total solar eclipse will stretch across the U.S. on Aug. 21, giving people in parts of 14 states the chance to see one of the great celestial events we can witness on Earth. But outside the path of totality, in which people will see the moon entirely block the sun, the rest of America will witness an event that is not quite as grand but is still impressive: a partial solar eclipse. Here’s what you need to know about it:What is a partial eclipse?A partial eclipse occurs when the moon passes almost directly between the sun and the Earth.

Various communities in Wyoming are hosting weeklong celebrations in honor of the eclipse , including concerts, pow-wows, festival and stargazing events. Itineraries and Things to Do . Extend your experience with these popular road trip itineraries and routes.

Here are five things you need to know about the upcoming solar eclipse and what you can expect to see where you are. In fact, the only time you are able to see it with the naked eye is during a total solar eclipse .

The instant the totality is over, immediately look away and put the special glasses back on.

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4. Don't focus your energies on taking photos

Experience the universe putting on a show with your own eyes rather than spending precious time trying to capture a photo. Put away the screen for once and really enjoy what's unfolding around you. That's especially true if you're in the path of totality.

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Yes, professional photographers will be able to get amazing pictures, but they have special equipment, training and experience, and they've likely practiced exactly what to do. Your photos won't be the same.

If you insist on taking a picture, experts recommend that you don't try to photograph the eclipse with a smartphone and go with a point-and-shoot camera mounted on a tripod, and protected by a solar filter, of course.

5. Don't pay attention only to the sky during the eclipse

If you're in the path of totality, the celestial show will alter your surroundings in amazing and eerie ways, said psychologist Kate Russo, who travels the world seeking out total solar eclipses to study how they affect people.

"There are changes in the environment, the temperature has dropped, the wind has picked up, the light is really wrong and then that approaching shadow is just so wrong and exciting and euphoric," Russo told TODAY.

"It makes you just feel so alive and so in awe of the world around us. You're kind of in this private little moment with the universe and then it's all over. Then you feel the desperation to see it again."

First-timers have no idea that the world can exist in this particular way, so stay in the moment and take in everything around you, she advised. You'll remember it for the rest of your life.

This is the only eclipse photo you need .
If your friends are anything like mine, every single social app that encourages over-sharing is full of blurry eclipse photos right now. A NASA photographer captured this incredible eclipse photobomb during the partial eclipse. If you look closely, you can see the International Space Station transiting over the front of the sun, just before the moon blocks everything out.

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