Safety Info

During a total solar eclipse, the moon passes between the sun and Earth until it completely blocks the face of the sun. If you're in Independence County, you'll be able to view what's known as the "path of totality" (when the moon's shadow completely covers the sun), giving the appearance of dawn or dusk as well as a view of the sun's corona. That means looking at the sky without proper protection can seriously damage your eyes.

Viewing any part of the bright Sun through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will instantly cause severe eye injury.

The most important thing you'll need to bring (or buy locally) is the correct eclipse viewing glasses. Eclipse glasses and solar viewers must be certified and approved with ISO 12312-2:2015 specifications. Do NOT use sunglasses, welding masks, or glasses that are not certified. Please be careful of counterfeit eclipse glasses. To learn moreaboutn ISO safety, visit www.iso.org/standard/59289.html.

Glasses will be available at the Batesville Community Center, Batesville Eye Care, Carlee’s Hallmark, First Community Bank's location at the intersection of Harrison and St. Louis, Lyon College, MorningSide Coffee House, North Heights Church of Christ, Ozark Gateway Tourism, Tripp’s Supply, and more!

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