During the highly anticipated solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017, visitors and residents of South Carolina will experience the longest 100% total eclipse on the East Coast for a metro area, with 2 minutes and 36 seconds of darkness in the middle of the afternoon.
A total eclipse occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth line up so perfectly that the Moon blocks the Sun, creating rare and spectacular effects across the sky and throughout the natural environment, including darkness in the middle of the day and the elusive “corona” effect around the sun, visible only during a 100% total solar eclipse.
Anyone planning to witness the total solar eclipse will need protective glasses with a special safety film to view the partial eclipse leading up to and following the total eclipse. The light of an eclipse has very dangerous capabilities, and can cause solar retinopathy, which is retinal damage that results from exposure to solar radiation. Patients with solar retinopathy may notice a small blind spot in their central line of vision.
Even if you are not in the path of eclipse totality, you are at risk for eye damage if you will be looking at the sun. Regular sunglasses, even the darkest, will not protect your eyes; everyone should be using special protective glasses.
For more information on solar retinopathy, visit one of these informational links: https://www.livescience.com/20433-solar-eclipse-blind.html
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