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Keep your eyes safe during the solar eclipse this month

FILE - In this May 20, 2012, file photo, the annular solar eclipse is seen as the sun sets behind the Rocky Mountains from downtown Denver. The AP reported on June 16, 2017, that a story circulating online that claims NASA says the Earth will experience 15 days of darkness in Nov. 2017 is false. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

If you ever look up into the day or night sky , and gaze with wonder at the awe inspiring beauty.

Then August is your month, there is a rare and big spectacle occurring, a total solar eclipse happening on August 21, 2017.

We will only experience a partial solar eclipse here in the region, parts of the U.S will experience a total solar eclipse, which has not happened since 1979.

Although it is only a partial solar eclipse you will still need to protect your eyes when viewing it.

“The glasses that we are looking at, have an ISO requirement, ISO 12312-2, and these are solar filters that are made specifically for looking at the sun,” said Brian Dernesch, owner of K-W Telescope.

Dernesch adds ” this is a special mylar (that is used for the glasses),” and although they have glass filters, the mylar gives you the best image for your buck.

If you are more of the do it yourself type there is an option for you as well, ” if you by this film (mylar) which we sell in sheets, you can get a large piece of cardboard, cut an aperture in it, maybe four inches square, get a piece of film and glue it in place, and people can stand behind that cardboard and all look through it,” Dernesch says.