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Posted on: August 10, 2017

Don’t let a glimpse of the solar eclipse be the last thing you see!

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On Monday, August 21st, shortly before noon and lasting until 2:45 p.m. central time, people in Central Illinois will be able to see the moon pass in front of the sun, experiencing a partial eclipse. Follow these tips to protect your eyes and your health! 


Shield your eyes against the sun 

  • Use solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers, to look directly at the sun or the partially eclipsed sun. It’s the only safe way. 
  • Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. 
  • Looking at the sun without eclipse glasses or solar viewers can cause ‘eclipse blindness’ or retinal burns. 
  • To date, the only manufacturers that are certified to meet the ISO 12312-2 standard are: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17. 
  • Never view the eclipse or look directly at sun with a camera, binoculars, telescope, or any other optical device. 

Guard against sunburn and heat illness while outside 

  • Apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before going outside. 
  • Increase your fluid intake. 
  • Do not have people or pets in a parked vehicle. 

Protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes and ticks 

  • Wear insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535, according to label instructions. 
  • Check for ticks on people and pets every 2 to 3 hours if you’re camping, in the woods, or in an open space to see the eclipse, and remove ticks promptly to help prevent disease. 

eclipse2017.nasa.gov 

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