On Monday a solar eclipse will be witnessed throughout the day and the best view comes with where you are located.
According to several weather sites, the totality of the eclipse should be seen in Dodge City around 12:58 p.m.
According to accuweather.com, the moon’s shadow will travel from the West Coast to the East Coast of the United States with only a narrow zone, called the path of totality, experiencing a total solar eclipse.
Therefore when the moon blocks out the sun completely, it will be for less than 3 minutes.
This phenomenon hasn't occurred in 40 years with another set to take place 8 years from now.
But with looking directly at the sun, there comes precautions everyone needs to take if they care to view the eclipse.
"It's safe to see with ISO approved sunglasses," said Dr. Monica Moore of Dodge City Eye Care. "If the glasses don't have the proper logo on them then I would not use them.
"We aren't supposed to look directly at the sun anyway but when an eclipse takes place is that if we look into the sun for 25 seconds, it will cause the back of our eyes to sunburn.
"It may not be felt instantly, but a day or 2 later the effects and pain will be felt and there is no way to repair them."
Another caution Moore suggested regarded the viewing of the eclipse by children.
"Even though the glasses cover 99 percent of the sun," she said, "children still could try and peak around the glasses to look at the sun and they could burn their eyes.
"At a child's age, sunburn to the eyes effects them easier because they haven't developed the cataracts to filter out the light.
"They may not like it but I don't think it would be a good idea for children to view the eclipse."
Several weeks ago the Dodge City Public Library gave out sunglasses to patrons.
"We gave out 50," said DCPL director Brandon Hines. "Libraries all over the country have been inundated with calls asking about free solar eclipse glasses.
"1,000 pre-selected libraries received free glasses, but I believe most of them were in the path of the complete solar eclipse.
"We had to pay for the glasses we distributed."
Dillons had several glasses on hand but were sold out by Thursday.
"We have glasses from Dillons," said Kayla Ramirez from Dodge City. "Although we may just look at shadows and racing lines on the ground instead."
Other people have found DIY ways online on creating viewing devices but as Moore suggested, without the proper viewing glasses, looking directly at the eclipse is urged not to be viewed.
View at your own risk.
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