How do I safely look at an eclipse?

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”) when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.

 The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are unsafe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. Refer to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers page for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products.

 Do not buy solar eclipse glasses from Amazon or third party

  • Buy from a reputable source 
  • Glasses available from:
    • Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce
    • Lampasas Library
    • Hodges & Sargent
    • My Girls
    • Moonies Hemporium

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1. What’s happening on April 8th 2024?
2. What is the duration of totality?
3. Wait, there are two eclipses?
4. How do I safely look at an eclipse?
5. Who do I contact with questions regarding the Solar Eclipse?
6. What disruptions can people expect on the day of the total solar eclipse?
7. How many visitors are expected to come to Lampasas to view the Solar Eclipse in 2024?
8. How is the City preparing for the Solar Eclipse 2024?
9. As a local business owner, should I remain open?
10. Where can I find a list of emergency contacts?
11. What time is the Eclipse in Lampasas?
12. What kind of merchandise is available to commemorate the Solar Eclipse in Lampasas?
13. Is the City of Lampasas organizing an event for the Solar Eclipse in 2024?
14. What events are taking place for the 2024 solar eclipse?
15. I am planning on hosting a public event for the 2024 solar eclipse, what should I do?
16. I am planning on hosting a private event for the 2024 solar eclipse, what should I do?
17. Do I need protective glasses for the 2024 Eclipse?
18. Is camping allowed in the City of Lampasas?
19. Is swimming allowed in Sulphur Creek?
20. What is the City of Lampasas Park Hours?
21. What is a Total Solar Eclipse?

For a total solar eclipse to take place, the moon passes between the sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the sun. Weather permitting, people located in the center of the moon’s shadow when it hits Earth will experience a total eclipse. The sky will become very dark for a few minutes, as if it were night. Normally, when looking at the sun, you can only see the photosphere, the bright surface.

However, extending about 5,000 km above the photosphere is the region of the solar atmosphere called the chromosphere. It is only seen during total solar eclipses, or with sophisticated telescopes, and its red and pinkish color gives the blackened moon a thin halo of color against the greyish corona. People in the path of a total solar eclipse can also see the sun’s corona, the outer atmosphere, which is otherwise usually obscured by the bright face of the sun. A total solar eclipse is the only type of solar eclipse where viewers can briefly remove their eclipse glasses, during the few moments when the moon is completely blocking the sun.