Sunday May 20th, thousands of people will be gathering in Southern Utah to view the spectacular sight of a solar eclipse. The eclipse will begin at 6:22 PM and finish at 8:37 PM. The annular will be visible from 7:31-7:36.
We want to make sure that all of our guests have a fun and safe experience, so we thought we’d share a few safety tips and options for viewing.
1. Eclipse glasses are an inexpensive and safe way to view an eclipse. Make sure the glasses have “CE” printed on them, showing that they are safety certified. Visitors can order them online at www.rainbowsymphonystore.com/gensolecshad.html or pick them up at the Iron County Visitor’s Center for FREE (first come, first served.) Inspect your glasses for any damage before looking directly at the sun.
2. If you are using a telescope filter, DO NOT use one that fits over the eye piece. This can seriously damage your eyes. Instead, be sure to use a filter that fits over the FRONT END of the telescope. Devices such as binoculars and telescopes concentrate energy from the sun in a similar way to magnifying glasses. (Picture the little pyromaniac child that tortures ants and burns leaves.) So if you don’t want your eyes to suffer the same fate as those ants, make sure you are using a proper telescope filter.
3. A number 14 welders glass can be used. However, you should not layer glasses of smaller numbers that add up to 14. A stack of two 7 glasses to does not provide the same protection as a 14 glass!
4. The classic pinhole projection is a guaranteed safe way to view the eclipse. Instructions for making one can be found at http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/how.html.
No matter how you decide to view this amazing phenomenon, make sure you protect your eyes first and foremost…..
….And be sure you book your room with us soon. We are already sold out for Saturday the 19th but still have a handful of rooms for Sunday the 20th.