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Witnessing the Eclipse Safely: Tips for Duval County Residents

April 05, 2024
While Jacksonville may not find itself in the direct path of the total eclipse, residents still have the opportunity to experience this extraordinary celestial event on Monday, April 8th. According to US Naval Observatory information, 64.5% of the sun will be obscured by the moon as seen in Jacksonville. This will begin at 1:47 p.m. with the maximum coverage at 3:05 p.m. and will end at 4:19 p.m.

It is essential that you take safety precautions if you are planning to observe the eclipse. Below are some tips to keep you safe and JaxReady:

Use Eclipse Glasses or Solar Viewers: Ensure your eclipse glasses or solar viewers meet the ISO-12312-2 safety standards. This protects your eyes from harmful solar radiation.
Use Hands to Cast Shadows: An alternative to direct viewing, use your hands to cast shadows on the ground. This creates a safe way to indirectly observe the eclipse.
Take Breaks: Remember to give your eyes periodic breaks, especially if viewing the eclipse for an extended period. Resting your eyes can help prevent strain and discomfort.
Stay Alert on the Road: If you're traveling during the eclipse, keep your attention focused on the road. Sudden distractions from the eclipse can pose hazards while driving.

Look Directly at the Sun: Never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection, as this can cause permanent eye damage or blindness.
Rely on Regular Sunglasses: Even if they are dark, regular sunglasses do not provide adequate protection for viewing the sun during an eclipse.
Use Camera Viewfinders: Avoid viewing the eclipse through your camera's viewfinder, as this can also cause eye damage. Instead, use a solar filter on your camera lens.
View Through Telescopes Without Filters: Telescopes require proper solar filters to safely observe the sun during an eclipse. Viewing without a filter can lead to serious eye injury.

Following these simple safety guidelines will ensure that Duval County residents can enjoy the awe-inspiring sight of the eclipse while maintaining their safety.