The solar eclipse is set to begin Monday afternoon. The full eclipse will take place around 2:44 p.m., while Pennsylvania is in the partial eclipse viewing point there are a few safety pointers to be aware of if you plan to look at the sky.
According to the Feasterville Fire Company:
- Do not stop on or along the roadway to view the eclipse
- Do not drive with eclipse glasses on
- Avoid looking directly at the sun before, during or after the eclipse
- Be aware of pedestrians who may stop to view the eclipse
If you plan to capture the eclipse with a camera or cell phone be sure to take pictures properly. NASA suggests several tips to go along with photographing the solar eclipse.
- Special solar filter to protect camera – a pair of glasses over the lens can work!
- Any camera will do – try a tripod, landscape shots for environmental changes or shutter release for several photos
- Share! – NASA suggests those you capture the eclipse to share using the hashtag #Eclipse2017 and tag @NASAGoddard
Those viewing the solar eclipse must remember if eyesight is in jeopardy call 911 or check the Wills Eye Hosptial located in Northeast Philadelphia.
Impaired vision symptoms include:
- Sudden vision loss
- Pain around or in eye with redness
- Halos or colored circles when looking at light
- New floaters or spots/string/cobwebs/shadows in vision
- Bulging of eyes or swelling of nearby tissue
- Flashes or streaks of light
- Double vision
- Sudden crossed or wandering eyes
- Crusting or excessive tearing
- Eyelids stuck together when waking up
- Sudden blurring that persists
Enjoy the solar eclipse, while the next one isn’t expected until April 8, 2024.