Eclipse Safety and Security
The NASA guidance on eye safety during a total solar eclipse states: “The Sun can be viewed safely with the naked eye only during the few brief seconds or minutes of a total solar eclipse. Partial eclipses and the partial phases of total eclipses are never safe to watch without taking special precautions. Even when 99% of the Sun’s surface is obscured during the partial phases of a total eclipse, the remaining photospheric crescent is intensely bright and cannot be viewed safely without eye protection. Do not attempt to observe the partial phases of any eclipse with the naked eye. Failure to use appropriate filtration may result in permanent eye damage or blindness!”
Each attendee of the eclipse event at PARI will be given a packet that includes safety glasses for viewing the eclipse plus instructions on how to view the event, what to do and what not to do.
For a downloadable PDF on eclipse viewing safety, click here.
Traffic and crowd control
PARI eclipse attendees will be directed to off-site parking in Rosman, NC, where shuttle buses will provide transportation to and from the site. Transylvania County sheriff’s deputies will be stationed on campus to monitor and control on-site traffic and assist with crowd control. Additionally, a six-member PARI security team will be moving about the site offering assistance to anyone in need. Emergency assistance will be provided by the Balsam Grove Fire Department and Rosman EMS.