Brookhaven residents are encouraged to exercise proper safety when observing the 2017 solar eclipse
Brookhaven, GA, Aug 9, 2017 – Brookhaven’s emergency Management Coordinator advises taking adequate precautions when viewing the near total eclipse.
On Aug 21, the North and South American continents will experience a total solar eclipse with different geographical locations experiencing the event in varying degrees of intensity.
The path of totality, the path along which a total solar eclipse will be visible, stretches from Oregon to South Carolina along a path that is approximately 73 miles in width. Georgia residents will have the opportunity to experience this rare occasion with those closer to the Georgia-South Carolina border experiencing the eclipse in its full intensity. and individuals in the Brookhaven will able to enjoy about 98% of the total eclipse.
“A common misconception regarding solar eclipses is that it is safe to look at the sun during the event due to the diminished sunlight; however, this is not the case. Looking into direct sunlight, for even brief periods, can result in significant eye damage and even blindness. For this reason, it is important to use special-purpose solar filters when enjoying the eclipse,” said Brookhaven’s Emergency Management Coordinator Paul White.
These solar filters must be ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 12312-2 compliant to ensure adequate eye protection. Only glasses bearing this international safety standard can help promote optical safety while viewing the eclipse. The American Astronomical Society (AAS) provides a list of approved vendors and products bearing the classification and can be found at eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.