DENVER – The Great American Eclipse is just days away but there may be some things you think you know, some things you are not sure of, and some things you believe that are just plain lies.
1. You will not be able to see the total solar eclipse from Colorado
FACT: We would not include this item on this list, if it weren’t for the fact that we’re getting calls into the newsroom asking where people can see the total solar eclipse in Colorado.
You will not be able to see the total solar eclipse from Colorado, as our state is not in the viewing area for the so-called “path of totality.” Denver will only see about 92 percent of the sun covered by the moon, creating a crescent moon type of view for spectators.
2. Looking directly at the sun during a solar eclipse without proper protection will damage your eyes
FACT: Looking directly at the sun, even when the moon’s shadow is covering it for a brief period of time, will most definitely, 100 percent, no-questions-asked, damage your eyes.
You may think that the moon’s shadow will work as a shield from harmful UV rays, but you’d be wrong. Even when the moon’s shadow is over the sun, UV rays are still making their way through the earth’s atmosphere and all that radiation will most certainly damage your eyes permanently if you’re not wearing proper protection.
First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson tells us you should make sure the glasses you use meet the proper requirements and have labeling that states they are certified. Note: Even if they have a certified label, you should check out NASA’s website for a list of manufacturers that are trustworthy, as some people have been selling fake eclipse glasses with a fake certified label.
4. Taking pictures of the solar eclipse won’t damage your smartphone camera
FACT: Not so far there, Sparky! NASA officials say there’s some debate about whether the bright rays of the sun will damage a smartphone camera.
Most photographers say brief exposure should be fine, but we aware that cellphone cameras aren’t manufactured to take pictures of the sky.