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What to know about the upcoming solar eclipse

A solar eclipse is happening Thursday morning and if you’re interested in viewing it, you might want to take some precautions.

Posted: Jun 9, 2021 5:43 PM
Updated: Jun 9, 2021 6:16 PM

If you’re willing to get up at the crack of dawn on Thursday -- you might just see a solar eclipse. 

Hamilton College Sophomore Marvin Lopez is studying Astronomy and has been looking into deep space to find new planets, but Thursday morning’s solar eclipse has him pretty excited.

"The sun and the distance that we are from the sun makes it possible for us to have these eclipses, so like on other planets you might not see the eclipse as good as here, and it’s just by chance that we have these ratios where like the sun and the moon could be the same size of a circle in the sky," said Lopez.

Dr. Adam Lark is the Director of the Observatory at Hamilton College. He says there are a few good ways of viewing the eclipse. Use a good pair of eclipse glasses. They need to be rated for looking at the sun, and be cautious as there are a number of knockoffs that could potentially hurt your eyes.

Another good way to view the eclipse is to poke a pinhole in a box to see the image projected on to a piece of paper, but he also says there are things you should definitely avoid.

"You absolutely should not be looking at the sun directly. I was looking this up yesterday and phones…some people point their phones at the sun, and it actually can produce an OK picture, but it can also damage your phone," said Lark.

Typically there’d be hundreds of people waiting to view the solar eclipse at the Hamilton College Observatory, but because the view will be completely blocked, students and staff have chosen another location. Hamilton Junior Shap McCoy says if you do plan on watching the eclipse, you’ll need to be in a location that has the least amount of obstructions blocking the view, as this eclipse will be a little different from the last one.

"There was that big one that went across the whole United States and people went crazy over it, and this one’s going to be a little bit harder to see since its right at sunrise," said McCoy.

Doctors say children are at a higher risk of damaging their eyes, so be sure and use caution. If you happen to miss this solar eclipse, there’s another one coming in 2024.

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