UPDATE: Brookhaven out of stock of eclipse glasses

Brookhaven eclipse

Brookhaven has no more eclipse sunglasses to give out, but residents are invited to view the eclipse at city hall and Brookhaven parks.

City officials said the eclipse is expected to start at 1:05 p.m. in Brookhaven with a peak at 2:36 p.m. with approximately 97.5 percent coverage of the sun.

“I invite one and all to join us at city hall or at one of Brookhaven’s parks for a safe viewing of the eclipse,” Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst said. 

“A common misconception regarding solar eclipses is that it is safe to look at the sun during the event due to the diminished sunlight, however, this is not the case,” Brookhaven’s Emergency Management Coordinator Paul White said. “Looking into direct sunlight, for even brief periods, can cause eye damage and even blindness. For this reason, it is important to use special-purpose solar filters when enjoying the eclipse.”

Appropriate solar filters must be ISO 12312-2 compliant to ensure adequate eye protection. If supplies in Brookhaven run out, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) provides a list of approved vendors and products bearing the classification and can be found at eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.

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