How to take pictures of the solar eclipse with your smartphone

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You will need special eclipse or solar viewers to look at the sun safely. In order to properly observe such an event without suffering permanent eye damage, special #eclipse viewing glasses are required.

Airfares have surged to cities near the path of the August 21 event, the first total solar eclipse visible coast-to-coast in the United States since 1918. This is when the moon will briefly block out the sun completely. Oregon's Department of Transportation said the eclipse will cause "the biggest traffic event in OR history" as visitors descend on the state in cars and camper vans.

Science Central's gift shop is selling solar eclipse viewing cards for $1.99 each to the public and for $1 each for Science Central members.

Many local libraries are handing out glasses on the day of the eclipse, possibly before, so check out that possibility.

Homemade filters and ordinary sunglasses don't provide enough protection for looking at the sun or the eclipse.

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With a week left until Oregon's anticipated total solar eclipse, Amazon has issued a recall for some eclipse glasses the retail giant says might not have come from a recommended manufacturer.

The team will also be able to get unique and awesome features such as "Diamond Ring" and "Bailys' Beads" - which happens as pinpoints of light are passed through the uneven features and craters of the Moon when the moon is covering the sun.The experiments will include studying the corona of the Sun which is only visible during an eclipse.

Don't look at the sun during the eclipse or at any other time through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device, even if wearing eclipse glasses or a solar viewer. Even very dark sunglasses can not protect your eyes while looking directly at the sun. If they meet the standard, you shouldn't be able to see anything through a solar filter except the sun itself.

Always supervise children using solar filters. Viewers who purchase the glasses not knowing they are fake could be in for serious trouble.

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