Protect your eyes from damage when viewing the solar eclipse

Best places to watch the solar eclipse

An eclipse boat tour at the above parks.

Solar eclipse glasses can be purchased at the 7-Eleven stores in San Luis Obispo and at Walmart in Santa Maria. Lake Mead National Recreation Area is holding a free viewing party at the visitor center from 9 a.m.to noon.

The first total eclipse of the sun to be seen in the continental United States in 38 years is almost here. During the eclipse, you'll see the shadow of the moon pass in front of the sun.

As the expected solar eclipse approaches this month, authorities have warned people of buying bogus sunglasses in the market.

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While there are several ways to observe an eclipse, one of the more popular ways to do so is by using a pair of solar eclipse glasses. There will be information about the eclipse and other space facts at the all-ages event as well as demonstrations, displays and make-it-yourself eclipse-related activities.

The National Park Service is encouraging visitors to prepare to have a safe viewing opportunity during the eclipse.

Even binoculars and telescopes can magnify the sun's rays and become harmful to the eye, Frantz said. This would thus be the best time to review the list of "reputable vendors" of solar filters and viewers that was recommended by the American Astronomical Society. The sun can damage the camera sensor and harm your eyes.

The last one in the continental United States took place in 1979.

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