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Make sure you have the proper sky gazing eyewear to safely enjoy this year’s solar eclipse.

On Monday, August 21, the moon will pass in front of the sun, obscuring light and creating a total solar eclipse visible throughout most of the U.S. Although Columbus remains out of the direct path of eclipse totality, we will be able to see a partial eclipse starting at about 1:04 p.m. up until 3:52 p.m.

While a solar eclipse is a rare and beautiful astronomical phenomenon, it can be dangerous to the naked eye and should never be looked at directly without protective eyewear. That’s why COSI will be handing out free eclipse lenses at all Columbus Metro Libraries and Parks on the day of the event.

The special lenses allow wearers to safely view the solar eclipse without causing permanent retinal damage. This comes as comforting news after it was announced by the American Astronomical Society that fake eclipse glasses had been flooding the market, putting potential buyers in danger of eye injury or even complete blindness.

To properly enjoy this year’s eclipse, stop in at your local park or library to pick up a pair and make sure that you follow the public safety guidelines provided by NASA.

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