Keeping your eyes safe while viewing the annular solar eclipse
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — This Saturday, thousands of people will visit Albuquerque to see an annular solar eclipse.
The Duke City is one of a few directly in the path of the eclipse. Here is when it will happen:
- Eclipse begins at 9:13 a.m.
- “Ring of Fire” in the sky at 10:34-10:39 a.m.
- Eclipse ends at 12:09 p.m.
That Ring of Fire happens at the peak of the eclipse when the moon is mostly blocking the view of the sun.
Alissa Irons, a VSP Network optometrist at Blink Albuquerque, says you should not look directly at the eclipse, as it can have these permanent effects:
- Color distortion
- Blurry spot in your vision
- Loss of vision
“You’ll want to avoid camera lenses, binoculars and telescopes, you can wear these ISO-certified glasses,” Irons said. “Then, one of the safest ways, of course, is to go to a planetarium where they might be showing it or even watch it on TV.”
Even if you have a pair of those ISO-certified glasses, you’ll still want to check them.
“Make sure that you are wearing ISO-certified glasses but that they’re not damaged or torn or scratched in any way. If they are, throw them away and get a new pair,” Irons stated.
There are a number of places offering a free pair of those glasses, including Blink Albuquerque.