Safe eclipse viewing

May 17

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5/17/2012 2:38 PM  RssIcon

The May 20th solar eclipse will be occurring this coming Sunday, and much of the western United States and a lot of the Pacific Rim region will get a shot at seeing this "ring of fire" annular solar eclipse.  That, and the Venus Transit that is coming up in early June made me realize that I ought to put something together about solar safety, that is a bit more comprehensive than what I did for this week's video.

So, here it is: A pretty straightforward and largely all-encompassing "here's how to view the Sun safely" and "here's what's NOT safe" look at seeing the Sun without losing your sight.  Of course, I left a few things out; the specialized H-alpha light scopes that allow you see solar flares were not included, but are safe.  And then there are enterprising ways to see the Sun that are still safe, like what this guy did here, as well as this solar projector that I'd love to build/buy one day, here.  And there's a few other interesting ways to do it safely.  But a lot of what "seems" safe, is not.  So I tried to cover the basics of what most people would have access to using (or trying), and hit those major points.

Let me know if you have other safe options in the comments section.  

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The Nightlight

This blog includes what to see in the night and daytime skies, thoughts on telescopes, binoculars, and other astronomy observing accessories and equipment, plus my own occasional notes on objects I've seen and observed. Oh, and the random theater or other "my take on life" post. In other words, there is always something interesting. Check it out.