August 21, 2017

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Solar Eclipse 2017: The Great American Eclipse

The August 21 solar eclipse is being called The Great American Eclipse (or All-American Eclipse) because no other country will be able to see this total solar eclipse. The last solar eclipse to move from coast to coast in the United States ocurred in 1918 making the solar eclipse 2017 a historical event not to be missed by children and adults alike!

The Path of Totality

While the partial solar eclipse will be seen across North America, those in the tri-state area have a rare opportunity to see a total solar eclipse as Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky are three of the 12 states in the “path of totality”. Spectators in the path of totality will see the moon completely cover the sun for a brief period of time, at most 2 minutes and 40 seconds, allowing the sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona, to be visible.

August 21 Total Solar Eclipse

mi/hr is the highest estimated speed the moon's shadow will travel

miles is how wide the "path of totality" is across the United States^

states are in the "path of totality"^

seconds is the maximum time for the total eclipse^

How to Safely View the Solar Eclipse 2017

It is important to understand the difference between a regular solar eclipse, or partial eclipse, and a total solar eclipse. Solar filters or eclipse glasses are necessary during a partial solar eclipse which occurs before and after a total solar eclipse. Eclipse glasses should be removed during the total solar eclipse when the moon completely blocks the sun to successfully see the beautiful corona. Anytime during the partial solar eclipse before and after totality, solar filters are necessary. This period will only span one to two minutes. The glasses should be put back on after the moon passes the sun and sun disk is becoming visible once again.

Tips to Remember

You should not be scared to view the solar eclipse 2017, just wear the proper eye protection to enjoy this astonomical event safely. Eclipse glasses are available at many businesses in the area, including Eye Care Specialists (Like our Facebook page to know how to receive a pair!). They can also be purchased on Amazon, just ensure they are ISO 12312-2 certified. Eclipse glasses manufactured by Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, TSE 17, Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold film only) are certified and meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for this type of eye protection. It is only safe to view the eclipse without glasses during the “totality” phase. Wear the glasses during any partial phase of the eclipse. Also note:

  • Sunglasses are not adequate protection for viewing an eclipse.
  • Eclipse glasses are not equipped for the magnification of cameras, telescopes, and binoculars. Special lens filters specified for the device should be used on these devices.
  • Ensure your eclipse glasses are an ISO 12312-2 certified product.
  • Solar filters should be worn before and after the total eclipse but not during.
  • Don’t forget to put on eclipse glasses before looking at the sun and looking away before removal.
  • Glasses should be inspected for any damage or scratches before use.

Join Us for the SE-clipse Event!

Eye Care Specialists is proud to sponsor the SE-clipse event hosted by Southeast Missouri State University on August 21 for the University students, faculty, and staff and surrounding community. Activities will be spread across Normal Avenue, Houck Field, and the River Campus.

SEE-clipse LASIK Discount

In the spirit of the eclipse and our partnership with Southeast Missouri State University, Dr. Shawn Parker is offering a $550 LASIK discount to students, faculty, and staff of Southeast and surrounding universities in the tri-state area. Through September, October, and November, LASIK patients can show a university ID to receive the discount.

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