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How to safely view the total eclipse

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This astronomical event is a must-see, but see it safely

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know that August 21 is the date of a total solar eclipse, the first mainland America has seen in yearly 40 years. During this historic event, the sun, which is 400 times larger than the moon, will cross pass with the moon which is 400 times farther away from the earth then the moon. During this time, the sun appears to be blocked out by the moon, except for its blinding halo formed by the sun’s gaseous atmosphere that shines around the moon’s silhouette. This will be something you and your children will want to see and experience, but viewing it must be done carefully so that the sun’s rays do not damage the naked eye.

Anytime you stare into the sun you can damage your eyes. This can happen in as little as 30 seconds. The reason an eclipse is more dangerous to the eye is because it causes people to look directly into the sun and for extended periods of time. The only time it’s safe to look directly at the eclipse is during the 1 or 2 minutes that the moon completely blocks the sun, and only people watching from a narrow band from Oregon to South Carolina—known as the path of totality—will witness that.

If you’d like to view this fascinating spectacle, make sure that you wear proper eyewear or use a viewing device. It is not advised to even use a camera or other lenses, as the rays can damage lenses and filters; and it is definitely not recommended to look through any sort of lens, binoculars or telescope. The best advice is to wait until after the event and view images in media taken by professionals using the proper equipment.


It is not safe to use regular sunglasses to watch an eclipse, though inexpensive eclipse glasses I readily available online and it many retailers for the price of about $5 to $10. Make sure to purchase your glasses from a reputable source, as several brands of these glasses on Amazon were recalled due to safety issues. Check out companies approved by the AAS Solar Eclipse task force.

If you have not purchased your glasses yet, you may be out of luck, because most vendors are sold out. But you can still make a pinhole viewer. Using this method, you pass the sunlight

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Smithsonian Earth’s Sea Turtle Rescue follows turtles on a journey away from endangered status

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In new series endangered turtles get rehabilitated at a unique South Carolina Aquarium 

NEW YORK – MAY 23, 2017 – At the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center, wildlife heroes spend countless hours rehabilitating sea turtles back to health and safety with sheer determination and compassion. Smithsonian Earth’s new, original series, SEA TURTLE RESCUE, sheds light on each journey to recovery, from the time they are brought into the hospital to the moment they return home at sea. This new six-part, short-form series takes viewers to the front lines with the staff who are dedicated to helping preserve the endangered sea turtles, from massive loggerheads to the Kemp’s ridley, the world’s smallest and most endangered. All six episodes of SEA TURTLE RESCUE begin streaming exclusively on Tuesday, May 23 on Smithsonian Earth, available on Apple®, Roku®, Amazon, and at SmithsonianEarthTV.com.

SEA TURTLE RESCUE is an emotional, intimate and sometimes heartbreaking behind-the-scenes look at one of the busiest sea turtle emergency rooms in the country. From pierced shells and fishhook injuries to commercial dredging tragedies and shark and stingray attacks, these turtles don’t just wash up on the shores of South Carolina, they are flown in from hundreds of miles away in an effort to preserve this endangered species. At the Sea Turtle Care Center, no job is too big or small, and SEA TURTLE RESCUE aims to shine light on these amazing creatures and their journey.

In the premiere episode, viewers meet Glenn and Hopper, two Kemp’s ridley turtles, one of the rarest species of sea turtles on the planet. When a ship accidentally injures them – one severely – the Sea Turtle Care Center team must race to perform emergency surgery to save their lives.

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Volunteers to help clean up Venice Beach

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Heal the Bay non-profit environmental group leads effort, with after party to follow

trash-on-the-beachThis Saturday, February 18, a thousand volunteers of all ages in the Los Angeles community will mobilize to partake in the cleanup of Venice Beach organized by Gran Centenario Tequila’s Angels On Earth program. In support of Heal the Bay in an effort to protect their coastline and revitalize their urban waterways, real life “angels” will meet up at Venice Beach Pier to work together to rid Venice Beach of trash and other pollutants.

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Following the event, those who are 21 and over will be honored at Cabo Cantina with an “after party” cocktail event featuring Gran Centenario specialty cocktails and bites.

Gran Centenario’s Angels on Earth Program 2017 kicked off on December 14, 2016 with a grand event hosted by notable actor Edgar Ramirez. to support the cleanup of LA bays and beaches in conjunction with Heal The Bay — a nonprofit environmental group working to restore Venice Beach. Over the years, Gran Centenario and the “Angels on Earth” program have partnered with organizations across education, the arts and neighborhood groups to honor real life “Angels” and individuals for their acts of service. Past supporters have included Christina Milian, Ryan Phillippe and Brody Jenner.

The Angels on Earth program is set to travel to other cities throughout 2017 with focuses on the individual cities needs with the help of Gran Centenario Tequila.  Interested “Angels” can visit http://grancentenario.com/angels-on-earth/ for additional details of what’s to come in their respective cities.

Representing Mexico’s first centenary independence from Spain, the Gran Centenario Angel of Victory is proudly displayed on each and every bottle and is a perfect symbol for the program. The shared actions of perseverance and commitment provide the opportunity to help those in need in the Los Angeles community while simultaneously honoring the heritage and the respect they all proudly share.

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