Eclipse safe for kids to see? School district changes mind

If you'd like to bring your own viewing glasses, please do so. But NASA says it is seeing lots of fakes on the market that could be risky. Rainbow Symphony is one of them and is shipping glasses all over the country.

"This is an exciting opportunity because this is a once in a lifetime celestial event", says Dr. Jim Flynn, Superintendent of Simpson County Schools.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, officials say anyone in the path of totality "can see one of nature's most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse". "Most people have never been in proximity to an eclipse", said company spokesman Mark Margolis.

Manufacturers are cranking out millions of safety glasses for the upcoming solar eclipse.

On Aug. 21, the moon will pass between the Earth and Sun.

Rainbow Symphony's glasses are certified safe, but NASA warns there are plenty of phony glasses on the market that could be risky.

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"They damage the cells in your eyes, they damage your retinas and the damage can be permanent", Young said.

"We'll have two different telescopes [in the observatory] with different wavelengths, so you can see the sun from two different angles", Dr. Hrudey said.

The eclipse can damage the eyes of people who look at it without special filtering glasses.

Avossa said outdoor activities, such as sports or band practices, will be cancelled or moved indoors until 4:30 p.m. Parents can pick up their children or keep them home from school if they don't want to risk their child looking up into the sun.

"We're going to make sure everyone has the proper viewing glasses and the proper instructions on how to view the eclipse", adds Flynn. In other words, the August 21 event is being billed as a potential once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a total solar eclipse.

The Bismarck Public Library had stocked pairs of glasses to give away, but in 48 hours had given away all 600.

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