Local libraries giving away solar eclipse glasses

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - The solar eclipse, which will happen August 21, only happens about once every 375 years, according to NASA.

While it may appear dark, watching the solar eclipse without the right eyewear can severely damage your vision.

More than 2 million pairs of eclipse glasses, which allow you to watch the solar eclipse without damaging your eyes, are being distributed for free at more than 4,000 public libraries across the country. Here's a map of registered libraries.

Eclipse glasses are being distributed at the following Syracuse-area libraries (while supplies last):

- Northern Onondaga Public Library

- Sullivan Free Library

- Canastota Public Library

- Fayetteville Free Library

- Onondaga County Public Library - Paine Branch

- NOPL North Syracuse

- Mundy Branch Library-OCPL

- Liverpool Public Library

- Maxwell Memorial Library

- Marcellus Free Library

- Skaneateles Library

During a total solar eclipse, the moon and the sun both appear to be about the same size from the ground.

According to NASA, this is a "celestial coincidence," as the sun is about 400 times wider than the moon and about 400 times farther away.

Then, it is just basic geometry. When the Earth, moon and sun line up just right, the moon blocks the sun's entire surface, creating the total eclipse. 

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