Watching the eclipse today? Here’s what you need to know

Watching the eclipse today? Here’s what you need to know

You can watch the Great American Eclipse on WITN today. Tune in at 2 p.m. to watch coverage brought by Local News Live.

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – On Monday, all eyes will be on the skies awaiting the solar eclipse, but if you plan on watching, you’ll need to keep your eyes protected.

ECU Health’s chief ophthalmologist warns that watching without the proper eyeglasses is dangerous and has the ability to cause headaches, vision loss, blind spots, or other severe problems.

“A few seconds of sun exposure can cause permanent damage to the retina, which is a very delicate membrane in the back of our eyes,” said Chief Ophthalmologist Ann Ostrovsky.

According to NASA, a total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the sun. North Carolina will not be in the path of totality for this 2024 eclipse. WITN’s Weather team says residents will see peak coverage of at about 78% around 3:17 p.m.

Here's the timeline for the eclipse here in Eastern Carolina.

Here’s the timeline for the eclipse here in Eastern Carolina.

“You guys are only having a partial eclipse with the sun’s light. It’ll look like a crescent or cookie with a bite taken out of it,” NASA Research Scientist, Dr. Ashley Greeley told WITN.

April 8th’s total solar eclipse will begin over the South Pacific Ocean and will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

“Solar eclipses occur once every two years somewhere in the world but the world is pretty big and there’s a lot of oceans in the world so the chances of it crossing the United States are fairly small. We’re lucky that this is happening twice in only a handful of years. The next one won’t happen until the 2040s so anytime you can see a partial or full eclipse is a great experience to see what the sun has to offer,” says Greeley.

And with the proper eyewear, viewers should be able to watch the phenomenon.

“For your glasses, make sure that they’re not only ISO-approved by the American Astronomical Society but make sure that they’re not damaged,” said Ostrovsky.

For those who still need to get glasses, a list of retailers selling the approved iso glasses is on the American Astronomical Society website.

The solar eclipse map can be found on NASA’s website.

You can watch the Great American Eclipse on WITN today. Tune in at 2 p.m. to watch coverage brought by Local News Live.

The 2024 solar eclipse will last longer than the one viewed by more than 20 million people in August 2017, and according to NASA won’t happen again for another 20 years.

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