The eclipse is coming! If you haven’t heard, on Aug. 21, Hampton will be a prime location to view a total solar eclipse, something the United States hasn’t seen since 1979. As you watch the skies in anticipation, make sure to keep yourself and your family safe from the dangers of staring at the sun. Here’s what you need to know about eclipse safety.
Protect your eyes—and your phones—from the sun’s rays.
Eclipse glasses are specially tinted glasses that provide a safe way to watch the sun during the eclipse. To avoid eye damage, these glasses are a must-have before and after the brief moment of totality when the moon completely covers the sun.
It’s important to note that looking through sunglasses, homemade filters, and even your phone or telescope is not safe without eclipse glasses or a solar filter attached to the front of your camera or telescope.
Eclipse glasses are available on-site in Hampton for $2 upon entry to the city park. You can buy glasses at Schneider’s Hardware in Aurora, and they’re included for those who have signed up for festivities at the Leadership Center.
Hampton Lutheran will be sending home one free pair of glasses with each student.
Get crafty with eclipse eyewear for kids.
Eclipse glasses are designed to shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful light, but they can often be a poor fit on smaller faces. If you buy a pair of eclipse glasses before Monday, have your child test them and see if they fit properly. If you’re concerned about your child’s safety, try attaching a paper plate to the sides of eclipse glasses to more effectively block out the sunlight from your child’s peripheral vision. This handy trick is also a good idea if your child is a wiggler and a peeker. If you know they won’t be able to sit still and watch the eclipse without trying to peek around the glasses, consider the paper plate trick.
Still worried about damage to vision? If you don’t mind a little DIY, try these strategies for eclipse viewers that don’t require you to look at the sun.
Watch the crowds.
Hamilton County officials are unsure of how large the crowds will be during the eclipse, but because Hampton is right on the path of the eclipse, they are preparing for the possibility of thousands more people to stop in Hampton and Aurora. With the influx of visitors, it’s important to make sure your kids, family, and anyone else you have in your group stay together and safe in the crowds.