On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights—a total solar eclipse. USD 475 has purchased “eclipse glasses” for students to allow them to safely view the solar eclipse. The district asks that parents reinforce to their children the importance of not looking directly at the sun without wearing the safety glasses. Looking directly at the sun is unsafe. The only way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.
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