Today, for the first time in nearly a century, a total solar eclipse will cross the U.S.
Partial Solar Eclipse in Maryland
Here in Maryland, we’ll have partial coverage with about 80 percent of the sun covered during the event. The partial eclipse will last between two to three hours and the total eclipse, for those within the path, will last just under three minutes.
Safety Tips for Viewing Today’s Eclipse
Because it’s a once in a lifetime event, you may be tempted to sneak a peek without glasses, but those few seconds could cause a lifetime of damage to your eyes.
Looking directly at the sun, even during a partial eclipse may result in permanent damage to your retina and vision. The only way to safely view the eclipse is by using “eclipse glasses,” which have solar filters that block out harmful ultraviolet and infrared radiation.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology offers the following tips for safely viewing today’s eclipse:
- Before looking up at the bright sun, stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter—do not remove it while looking at the sun.
- The only time that you can look at the sun without a solar viewer is during a total eclipse. When the moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets dark, you can remove your solar filter to watch this unique experience. Then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear very slightly, immediately use your solar viewer again to watch the remaining partial phase of the eclipse.
- Never look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other similar devices. This is important even if you are wearing eclipse glasses or holding a solar viewer at the same time.