On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will cut a path from Oregon to South Carolina crossing over Southeast Texas sometime between 1 and 1:15 pm.
Far from the ideal viewing area, called the path of totality, Lumberton will see only about 75 percent of this awe-inspiring, once in a century eclipse of the sun.
What’s a solar eclipse? It’s when the moon passes in front of the sun obstructing all of the solar face leaving only the halo of light, or corona, before moving on.
It’s a celestial phenomenon of fantastic proportions that tempts viewers to look directly at the passage of the moon. Don’t, there’s no safe way to stare at an eclipse with the naked eye without causing eye injury.
Eclipse glasses have an optical density of 5 or greater that are ISO 12312-2 compliant are required which means sunglasses are not protective wear.
Welders goggles with “shade 12,” or higher filters are okay, so check your gear. Alternatively, people can use telescopes or use your computer and watch the live NASA coverage at http//:eclipse2017.nasa.gov, starting around noon.
Walmart in Lumberton and Silsbee sold out of eclipse glasses along with all television and commercial optical sales stores the Ledger contacted on Friday afternoon.
The next solar eclipse to visit Texas will be in 2024.