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Eclipse danger to eyes no joke, Schmude says

Dr. Richard Schmude says those who take lightly the threat of viewing Monday’s solar eclipse with the naked eye need to be enlightened. Dr. Schmude, a professor of chemistry at Gordon and a world-renowned astronomer, knows what he is talking about. ’Since some of the sun will be visible at all times during the eclipse, one must not look up at it at any point without proper glasses. Even if just one percent of the sun is visible it is enough to cause permanent eye damage,’ Dr. Schmude said. At most risk is the fovea centralis portion of the eye. ‘This is a small part at the back of the eye which enables one to read. If it is damaged, then one would no longer be able to read or operate a motor vehicle,’ he continued. The most effective glasses are made with shade #14 welder’s glass though various glasses are available commercially. The Barnesville library also has a limited supply of proper glasses while they last. Dr. Schmude suggests standing under a tree shadow and looking at crescents on the ground. Those crescents should be at their thinnest at about 2:40 p.m. Lamar school have delayed dismissal times on the afternoon of the eclipse to avoid exposing students to injury. The middle and high schools will dismiss at 3:30 p.m. with the elementary and primary schools releasing children at 4:15 p.m.

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