Kittitas County will observe a partial solar eclipse on the morning of Monday, August 21. Between August 10 and August 21, a limited number of solar eclipse glasses will be available free of charge at reception areas of Kittitas Valley Healthcare facilities.
In our area, there will never be a safe viewing time without eclipse glasses or an indirect viewing method like a pinhole projector. Looking directly at the sun without eye protection can cause serious eye damage or blindness. Regular sunglasses are not strong enough to protect an individual’s eyes.
Solar eclipse glasses that meet international safety standards can allow users to safely view the rare event.
Free glasses will be available on a first come, first served basis, beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, August 10, and continuing until supplies are exhausted. Most KVH facilities are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Extended hours facilities include KVH Hospital, which is open 24-hours a day, and KVH Urgent Care – Cle Elum, which is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
It is important to remember that solar eclipse glasses are not powerful enough to protect an individual’s eyes from magnified sunlight. Eclipse glasses should not be used with telescopes, cameras, binoculars, or other optical devices.
For more information about the solar eclipse, visit eclipse.aas.org or eclipse2017.nasa.gov. For answers to eye safety questions, contact your eye care professional.