Brookhaven, GA, August 16, 2017 – The Post Reports – UPDATE: ALL OF THE GLASSES ARE GONE. The City of Brookhaven is offering eclipse sunglasses to residents on a first come, first serve basis free of charge for use in viewing the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. At 1:05 p.m. Brookhaven will begin to experience a near-total solar eclipse with a peak at 2:36 p.m. with approximately 97.5 percent coverage of the sun.
“I invite one and all to join us at City Hall or at one of Brookhaven’s parks for a safe viewing of the eclipse,” said Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst in a Wednesday release. “We have a supply of solar specs, and we want everyone to take adequate precautions when viewing this historic event.”
According to the City, the ISO complaint sunglasses are available at City Hall at 4362 Peachtree Road, the Lynwood Recreation Center at 3360 Osborne Road and at the Briarwood Recreation Center located at 2235 Briarwood Way in Brookhaven. The sunglasses are free of charge, but a signed waiver is required with a limit of one per Brookhaven resident.
“A common misconception regarding solar eclipses is that it is safe to look at the sun during the event due to the diminished sunlight; however, this is not the case. Looking into direct sunlight, for even brief periods, can cause eye damage and even blindness. For this reason, it is important to use special-purpose solar filters when enjoying the eclipse,” said Brookhaven’s Emergency Management Coordinator Paul White.
Appropriate solar filters must be ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 12312-2 compliant to ensure adequate eye protection. Only glasses bearing this international safety standard can help promote optical safety while viewing the eclipse. If supplies in Brookhaven run out, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) provides a list of approved vendors and products bearing the classification and can be found at eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.