The Eclipse: Watching your children, while you watch the totality

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TOPEKA (WIBW) -- It has been nearly 40 years since the last total solar eclipse cast its shadow across the contiguous United States. Now, this exceptional celestial event will be visible on August 21st. However, only a small 70 mile wide sliver from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina will experience a remarkable total eclipse. The closer you are to this path of total eclipse, the bigger the partial eclipse you will see.

Photo: Ken Lund / CC BY-SA 2.0

Here in Topeka, we will experience a partial eclipse where the sun will be blocked about 99% at about 1:06 pm. Only viewers in that 70 mile swath, Topeka is not in that area, can safely witness the 2 or so minutes of total eclipse with the naked eye.

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special eclipse glasses or filters that are ISO compliant #12312-2 and CE certified. The ramifications of improperly viewing a solar eclipse can be permanent retinal damage and vision loss. Because there are no pain receptors in the retina, damage can occur without any sensation of pain.

Dr. Dyck wants you to enjoy this remarkable event, where a total solar eclipse ushers a virtual nightfall- dropping temperatures and affecting winds, but do so safely with the proper eyewear.