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Solar eclipse safety information

Photo of solar eclipse On Monday, Aug. 21, North America will experience a solar eclipse. The eclipse will take place in the Sacramento region from approximately 9 to 11 a.m., with significant blockage of the sun (about 80 percent) occurring at 10:17 a.m.


There are a few safety tips to keep in mind during this time. Most importantly, it is dangerous to look at the sun with unprotected eyes. Eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers are needed if you plan to view the eclipse. Regular sunglasses, even those that are dark, are not safe for looking directly at the sun.


If you do plan to view the eclipse through eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers, below are safety tips developed by the American Astronomical Society:

  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched, punctured, torn, or otherwise damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the Sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays could damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
  • Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.

Below are links to additional information and resources regarding the solar eclipse: