Safety Tips for Viewing the Eclipse

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Eclipse viewing glasses and handheld solar viewers should meet all the following criteria:

  •  Have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard

  •  Have the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on the product

  •  Not be used if they are older than three years, or have scratched or wrinkled lenses

  •  Not use homemade filters or be substituted for with ordinary sunglasses -- not even very dark ones -- because they are not safe for looking directly at the sun.

Viewing the eclipse safely:

  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.

  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.

  • If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases.

Travel Safety Tips

Provided by the Department of Transportation

  • Traffic volumes are really unknown and lots of variables like weather changes may come into play on August 21. Plan to get where you’re going to view the eclipse well in advance – traffic volumes may be significantly heavier than normal.

  • It will be late August, which means it very well could be hot and dry.  Make sure you are prepared with supplies for high heat. Items like sunblock, bottled water and snacks are good to have on hand in your vehicle or in a backpack.

  • Don’t forget, the totality is around 2 minutes, plus or minus 30 seconds through the path of totality – but the light will be noticeably different in the hours leading up to totality and immediately after and cover the state.  Please be aware of changes in traffic patterns across the state. 

  • Once the eclipse is over, prepare for higher than normal traffic volumes.  Pay attention, be aware and put on your seat belt. Don’t drink and drive.

  • Don’t stop along the interstate or any roadway to view the eclipse – please exit to a safe location or designated viewing area.

  • Be aware of pedestrians on smaller local roads – people may be crossing areas where they normally do not.

  • Avoid traveling along the main path of the eclipse during the event if at all possible.

  • Please make sure to yield to emergency response law enforcement vehicles as they respond as they need to any emergencies or traffic problems.

  • Turn your lights on manually – don’t rely on the automatic feature of your vehicle to turn them on.

  • Keep up to date on traffic by following @nebraska511, downloading the Nebraska511 app, or using Waze.

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