RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Northern Nevada will be treated to a partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017, but viewing the eclipse safely requires planning.
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In Reno, the eclipse will be at the maximum point at approximately 10:20 A.M.
It is not where you can see the event, but how you plan to do it. Looking directly at the sun will permanently damage your eyes. Likewise, looking through a telescope or through a film camera lens will also cause permanent eye damage.
To safely look at the eclipse, you need special glasses that filter out nearly all of the sun's energy.
You can buy eclipse viewing glasses at the Fleischmann Planetarium on the campus of the University of Nevada Reno. The glasses cost $2.00 per pair. The planetarium will be open during the eclipse, but is not planning a special viewing party because the eclipse can be viewed from anywhere outdoors as long as you have safety glasses.
The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum will host an eclipse viewing party and will be giving out free safety glasses to the first 300 guests.
There will also be a viewing party at the Jack C. Davis Observatory in Carson City at Western Nevada College. The event will feature the eclipse on a number of big screens, and there will be telescopes available that are eclipse-safe.
Since the eclipse is happening on a Monday, most children will be in school.
The Washoe County School District tells KOLO 8 News Now, every school will have special eclipse activities on that day and the district has been trying to obtain enough glasses for all of its students.
You can watch live coverage of the eclipse on Monday, August 21st starting at 10am on KOLO 8 News Now and here on KOLOTV.com.