NASA to broadcast Monday’s solar eclipse
On Monday, the moon will block the sun from view in a total solar eclipse, casting a 70-mile-wide shadow by slipping between Earth and the sun. The eclipse is causing a lot of excitement because it’s the first one in 99 years. While there is no risk to health just by being outside during a total eclipse, there is danger from looking directly at the sun with the naked eye. Dr. Don Bucklin says it’s not only uncomfortable, it can cause damage to the retina, the light-sensitive part of the eye. Several places around Indiana are holding viewing parties and many offer free safety glasses. If you can’t make it to an event, NASA’s website will be showing the eclipse in real time, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D-C plans to be online live from the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, answering questions about eclipses.
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