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Gays Mills Solar Eclipse observance planned
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GAYS MILLS - There will be a Solar Eclipse observance held on Monday, August 21, 11:30-1:30 p.m. in the park behind the Gays Mills Mercantile Center. Solar Eclipse glasses will be available, starting at 8 a.m. Monday morning in the office of the Crawford County Independent for $3 apiece, and also at the event.

The Eclipse will begin in Gays Mills at 11:48 a.m., be at maximum at 1:12 p.m., and will end at 2:35 p.m.

Please bring a sack lunch, beverage, and a lawn chair or blanket.

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, Ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.

Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.

Children should be closely monitored during the eclipse,” explains Dr. Nahas. “Unlike the mature lens found in an adult eye, a child’s lens cannot filter out UV rays as easily, causing damage to the child’s retina. Pets should also be protected.