Solar eclipse glasses sold out in Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS - People across the U.S. will be able to see the sun disappear behind the moon in a total solar eclipse, on Monday.
 
The last total solar eclipse was 38-years-ago, in February of 1979.
 
As the big day approaches, many are scrambling to find those special viewing glasses, but unfortunately, every place in town that did have them in stock is already sold out.
 
Have you tried looking up at the sun with your naked eye? Impossible right?
 
The solar eclipse viewing glasses will let you look at the sun without straining your eyes.
 
Director of Astronomy at Three Rivers Foundation, Jeff Barton said, "The way it works out is, somewhere on the surface of the earth, you can see a total solar eclipse a couple of times a year." 
 
Barton explained that it's the first time in almost four decades, that the moon will pass between the sun and the earth and will cross the entire US continent.
 
He also said, "You'd first be able to notice it about 11:35, Wichita Falls time, and then the piece of the sun that is obscured would get bigger and bigger and bigger right up until exactly 1:01 when that's as big as it's going to get." 
 
Wichita Falls Optometrist, Dr. Danny Clarke said although this is something fascinating to watch, he worries.
 
"Our fears as doctors is people look at the eclipse," Dr. Clarke said. "There's not as much sun to see but even with a little wedge of eclipse and here in Wichita Falls, we're going to see about 80 percent, 82 percent eclipse, with that 20 percent sliver of the sun, it's as dangerous as looking at the sun." 
 
Which is why he is encouraging children and adults to get a pair of the solar eclipse sunglasses, if they can, to make sure they stay safe, but you'll have to order a pair online.
 
The cheapest pair we could find was on Amazon and will cost you 35 dollars, but Dr. Clarke said there are lots of fakes floating around.
 
He added, "If yours are not ISO 12312-2, that's the safety standards, it's the international standards, and if you have eclipse glasses and they are not ISO standard, make sure you don't use those." 
 
He stressed that unless you were able to get a legit pair, do not look directly at the eclipse.
 
There is one alternative since the glasses are sold out everywhere, you can view the eclipse through a welders helmet.

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