How to Safely View Milwaukee’s Partial Solar Eclipse with Metro Eye’s Help

On Monday, April 8th, Milwaukee will have the opportunity to witness a partial solar eclipse. This event, where the moon covers  a portion of the sun, offers a unique chance to observe one of nature’s most fascinating spectacles. To ensure everyone can enjoy this event safely, Metro Eye is providing free eclipse glasses. Be sure to pick up your pair early, as they are available while supplies last.

The Importance of Safe Viewing

Directly observing the sun without proper protection can lead to serious eye damage. It’s essential to use safe viewing practices to enjoy the eclipse without risking your vision.

Safe Viewing Options

Eclipse Glasses

The most straightforward way to safely watch the partial solar eclipse is through eclipse glasses. These are not ordinary sunglasses but are specially designed to protect your eyes from harmful solar rays. Metro Eye is distributing these glasses for free to help our community experience the eclipse safely. 

Pinhole Projectors

For those who prefer a DIY approach or miss out on eclipse glasses, a pinhole projector is a safe and effective alternative. This method allows you to view the eclipse indirectly by projecting an image of the sun onto a flat surface. Making a pinhole projector is simple and can be a fun project.  For a more detailed guide on creating and using a pinhole projector, click here. While this method doesn’t provide the direct view that eclipse glasses offer, it’s a safe and educational alternative, especially for children

Solar Filters for Devices

If you’re planning to use a camera, binoculars, or a telescope, make sure to equip these devices with solar filters. These filters protect your eyes and the device by reducing the sun’s brightness and blocking harmful rays. Remember, using these devices without proper filters can cause severe damage to both your eyes and the equipment.

Event Details

Date: Monday, April 8th
Start Time: 12:48 pm
End Time: 3:23 pm

The partial eclipse will reach its peak in Milwaukee at 2:08 pm when the maximum portion of the sun is obscured by the moon. Grab your eclipse glasses  or your pinhole projector and enjoy!

Dr. Amanda Kopczyk of Metro Eye in the Third Ward joined John Mercure and Sandy Maxx to encourage people to be safe. Listen to the Wisconsin’s Afternoon News Podcast “Do Not Stare at the Sun” below:

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