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There's more than one way to safely view the upcoming solar eclipse

How to watch the eclipse without solar viewing glasses There's more than one way to safely view the upcoming solar eclipse
Clarence Schmidt | 18 August, 2017, 02:05

We're just four days away from the most hotly-anticipated heavenly event in decades-Monday's total solar eclipse-and demand for solar-eclipse glasses has become a bit, well, astronomical. Those interested in purchasing glasses can stop by the shop at the planetarium between now and the day of the eclipse. The event will feature educational activities, entertainment, hands-on science activities, outdoor obstacle courses and food trucks. However, city officials say the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters such as eclipse glasses or a pinhole projector. The total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of the United States for the first time since 1979. Guests will also be treated to a live-feed of the total solar eclipse from locations that are in the path of totality in the Adler's immersive Grainger Sky and Definiti Space theaters.

There are plenty of places to view the eclipse when it occurs at approximately 1:19pm on August 21.

At 11 a.m., the Chicago Cubs' mascot, Clark, makes an appearance. The Astronomy Store at the planetarium is open Friday, 5:30-9 p.m., and Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m.

At 4:15 p.m. the manager of program development will lead a solar oven building demonstration. Shows on eclipse day can be viewed at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. and is recommended for ages 10 and above.

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