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How to watch the solar eclipse without hurting your eyes

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The solar eclipse is 10 days away, and glasses used to watch it are flying off the shelves at museums, stores and libraries.

The event provides a chance to look right at the sun and watch the solar eclipse in action.

“It's a really exciting time in sciences,” Daniel Menelly, Rochester Museum and Science Center president, said.

But if you're not careful, you could hurt your eyes.

“All the energy on earth comes from the sun. It's transformed into everything that we use,” Menelly explained.

Regular sunglasses can't filter out all of the sun's energy.

“Your eyes cells are extremely sensitive to that much energy being transmitted through them,” Menelly continued. “Your eye is actually going to dilate, because the light is not as strong, and you could potentially really damage your eye, and you won't feel it at all.”

To watch the eclipse safely, Menelly says be sure to get "eclipse shades."

Look for an ISO stamp rating labeled 12312-2:2015 on the inside of the glasses. It's a stronger protection than sunglasses

“The physiology of your eye is so delicate that you don't want to risk it,” Menelly said.

The museum is also putting a special lens on the telescope inside the viewing dome.

“Please, your safety always comes first," he said. "Please protect yourself.”

Here is a list of places selling eclipse glasses:

- Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County

- Charlotte Branch Library

- Chili Public Library

- Gates Public Library

- Macedon Public Library

- Mendon Library

- Monroe County Library

- U of R River Campus

- Penfield Public Library

- Phelps Library

- Pittsford Community Library

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