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The total solar eclipse is less than a week away.

Beaufort Academy is holding an event at 1:30 p.m., inviting members of the community to view the eclipse. Maximum eclipse will be at 2:36 pm and the eclipse will end at 4:00 pm.

People in Beaufort County will be able to see a partial eclipse of the sun Monday afternoon. If you order now, hopefully, the glasses will be there by the time the eclipse happens on August 21.

Amazon, which last weekend notified some buyers it couldn't vouch for the safety of the glasses it sold them, still offers certified models but listed prices are as much as $160 for package of 10. Sunglasses, handmade glasses or filters are not safe! "People will be buying eclipse glasses right up until the sun starts to pass behind the moon, and we are ready for them with a product that is a great value and assured safe by AAS". We don't have a lot of public health issues in ophthalmology where we're really anxious about things that threaten the eye health of the population ...

"It could be permanent damage on your retina".

If you bought a pair of special eclipse glasses on Amazon, you might need to order a new pair! One way to do so is using the pin-hole method!

You can find the exact time to watch and percentage of coverage in your location by using the TimeandDate.com Eclipse Map.

Even in Richmond, California, a solar farm there will be affected during the eclipse, with the moon obscuring 58 to 76 percent of solar rays. The far northeast corner of the state will only achieve 99.25% totality, meaning 00.75% of the sun will still be visible. When this happens we get an eclipse!

On average, the duration of a total solar eclipse is two hours, with totality lasting approximately 7 and 1/2 minutes.

During totality, when the sun's disk is completely covered by the moon, it is safe to view the eclipse with the naked eye.

"Kids, they're reckless. They could be so curious and look at the sun for too long a time and get permanently damaged", he said. It will be seen from Northern California to Florida. The last time any part of the US saw a total eclipse was in 1979.


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