For the more information about the eclipse on March 20, 2012, please visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/eclipse/.


How to View

Warning People safely viewing a solar eclipse.
People safely viewing a solar eclipse. Photo by NASA.

Never look directly at the Sun! Never look at the Sun through binoculars or a telescope unless you have approved solar filters! Sunglasses are NOT adequate!

Viewing an eclipse can be exciting, but you must remember to protect your eyes before looking directly at our bright sun. Here are some recommended and approved solar-viewing devices:

  • "Eclipse" (solar filter) glasses or welder's goggles rated #13 or #14
  • Solar telescopes or solar binoculars
  • Telescopes, cameras, and binoculars with approved solar filters
  • Pinhole projectors

Eclipse Glasses

Many parks have solar filters or "eclipse" glasses available for sale in their bookstores when there is an eclipse event. These glasses are also available online; search for "eclipse glasses." When you use eclipse glasses for the first time, it may seem too dark to see the Sun. Your eyes need a few moments to adjust to the darkness of the filter. Remember to rest your eyes from time to time during the eclipse.

Binoculars, Cameras & Telescopes

Want to magnify or capture an image of the solar eclipse for yourself? Please plan your equipment ahead of time and remember to bring the approved solar filters for any device that will view the Sun. There are several vendors of solar filters online. Projecting the Sun through your telescope or binoculars is discouraged while in the park due to the high risk of starting a fire or inadvertently blinding people. If you are an advanced user of telescopes or binoculars and have done this technique before, please use caution.

Safe Solar-Viewing Links

Last Updated: June 11, 2012