Monday at one in the afternoon Delaware will start to see the solar eclipse of 2017. We will only see a partial eclipse about eighty percent. Just because it is a partial eclipse does not mean it is safe to view with the naked eye. You stare at the sun too long you can damage your eyes. If you look at a solar eclipse even just a glance with the naked eye you can cause permanent damage known as retinopathy. This occurs when the retina in the back of your eyeballs are flooded with very bright light. Over stimulation by this bright light causes the light-sensing cells to release communication chemicals that can damage the retina. This damage is not felt by the observer so you won’t realize it is happening. Make you have viewing glasses that are rated for the light of an eclipse. I know that sounds like an oxymoron but even though the sun is being “blacked” out by the moon, the light is actually more intense. Pets are at risk during an eclipse as well, so if you have your furry friends with you make sure to keep them protected.
You need the special glasses to view an eclipse, and most places are sold out. You can make a viewer with a cereal box or any box, use a piece of cardboard with a pin hole to display the image o the ground in the shade. If you put a lot of holes in a large piece of cardboard or poster board you will see multiple images in the shadow of the board. I am going to do this at the beach on Monday. You can also use a welders mask or goggles if they are rated with a 14 shade lens. From NASA “Refer to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers(link is external) 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. “
We will be surf fishing the eclipse at 3Rs just below Big Chill Beach Club. Anyone is welcome to come out and surf fish the eclipse of 2017 with us. We are looking for help with observations about fishing during an eclipse. When I was asked by WBOC what the effects of an eclipse has on fishing I did some research and there really isn’t much information out there. So we are calling all anglers to make these observations. People in the area of totality might see more of a difference than we will in Delaware. We have a rare opportunity to observe the changes that may happen in nature, live and in person. if you make any observations you would like to share with us email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pictures or videos owuld be appreciated as well. Happy viewing and be safe! If you can’t find glasses or make a viewer watch it online or TV. We will hopefully have a good video to share with you.