Day: August 20, 2017

Eclipse brings health concerns: Follow these important vision safety tips

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will touch the U.S. mainland for the first time since 1979. The moon will cover at least part of the sun for two to three hours. Tens of millions of people who live within a 70-mile radius of its cross-country track will witness the eclipse in totality — when the moon completely blocks the sun — while millions of others outside of it will enjoy a partial eclipse. The American Optometric Association (AOA) urges Americans to view the eclipse with proper eye protection, to avoid any temporary or permanent eye damage from the sun. To ensure spectators won’t miss the remarkable sight, the AOA is sharing a few tips for safe viewing: Get centered and enjoy the view. Within the path of totality, you can safely witness the two or more minutes when the moon completely covers the sun with the naked eye. Once the sun begins reappearing, however, special viewers must be placed on your eyes again. Those outside the path of totality never should look directly at the sun without protecting their eyes with verified viewing tools, even briefly. Know your duration. Outside the path of totality, always use solar filters. The only safe way to look directly at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters or other ISO-certified filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar...

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Cowley College plans solar eclipse watch party, Lines & Lyrics on the Lawn

Cowley College will be host to a solar eclipse watch party at noon Aug. 21, followed by a Lines & Lyrics on the Lawn event at 12:30 p.m., at the Calder Bonfy Amphitheatre, located between the Brown Center and Galle-Johnson Hall. The event is open to the public. Free eclipse-watching solar glasses will be given on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 21 in the Student Life Office. They also will be available at the event. Cowley College does not accept liability for the solar glasses — use at your own risk. Cowley College’s Math and Science Club will provide free pizza starting at noon. Physics students also will offer tours of the labs before and after the solar eclipse. Students in Cowley College’s Creative Writing class will present original works as part of the Lines & Lyrics event at 12:30 p.m. This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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