In collaboration with the Buffalo Eclipse Consortium, the Buffalo Museum of Science is hosting a FREE
viewing party for the Great American Solar Eclipse in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Join us from 1-4PM on Monday, August 21st
for safe solar eclipse viewing, music and fun! Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
The viewing party will include...
- Free viewing glasses*
- A guide to the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse
- Food trucks
*Why do you need solar glasses?
Solar glasses are absolutely necessary if you will be looking directly at the sun, even during a solar eclipse. Although the moon will be blocking some of the sun, looking directly at the still powerful brightness of the sun can cause damage to the retina, the light-sensitive part of the eye.
Our Science Communicator, Sarajane Gomlak-Green, has this to say about the subject:
"The only safe way to look directly at the sun (with or without an eclipse) is through special solar filters. Solar radiation includes ultraviolet light, which is what causes sunburns. It can also severely damage your eyes."
More eclipse safety tips can be found here