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Southern Illinois the Spot for Total Eclipse – Remind Patients About Eye Safety!
Posted on: 8/2/2017

On August 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire United States.

But where is NASA landing for the day? Southern Illinois!

Parts of southern Illinois are in the path of eclipse totality. While all Illinoisans will have a glimpse of the rare solar event, Carbondale residents, Southern Illinois University students, and the hordes of visitors expected will be able to see a total eclipse starting at 1:21 p.m.

Residents in central and northern Illinois will be able to see varying degrees of the partial eclipse, with decreasing magnitude further north. 

But regardless of where your patients will be located on August 21, remind them that looking at the sun without special-purpose filters, such as eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers, can cause eclipse blindness or retinal burns.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, four manufacturers (Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17) have certified that their eclipse glasses and solar viewers meet the standard.

Learn more on the American Astronomical Society web site.   

ISMS will post eclipse-related content across our social media channels. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for content that is suitable for sharing with your patients.

Ordinary sunglasses or homemade filters will not be safe for viewing the eclipse.


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