FAQ

 

WHAT IS A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE?
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon serendipitously passes between Earth and the sun, blocking all of the sunlight and casting a shadow onto the Earth. On August 21, in the center of the moon’s shadow, day will turn to night for nearly 3 minutes, with the periphery of the path appearing as a partial eclipse.  A total solar eclipse is a relatively rare occurrence because the Moon doesn’t orbit in the same plane as the Earth and Sun. But when the three bodies line up just right, the Moon covers up the disc of the Sun, and those in the direct path of the Moon’s shadow will see the Sun go dark.

We’re pretty geeky about this stuff and go into a lot more detail on our 2017 Solar Eclipse page.

WHEN IS THE SOLAR ECLIPSE AND WHERE CAN I WATCH IT?
The solar eclipse will begin on Monday, August 21st, at 8:46 am PDT (UTC 15:46), off the coast of Oregon, entering at Newport Oregon, traversing diagonally across the center of the United States, exiting from Cape Romain, a wildlife preserve just east of McClellanville, South Carolina, until it eventually slides off the Earth's surface over the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

You can view the full eclipse if you travel to the center of the 60-mile wide path of the eclipse. Skygazers on the periphery of the path will experience a partial solar eclipse. Make sure to pay attention to the weather forecast to avoid overcast skies. You can learn more here.

ARE HALO SPECTACLES SAFE ENOUGH TO WATCH THE SOLAR ECLIPSE?

The only way to safely view a solar eclipse is with proven eclipse safe solar glasses. HALO eclipse spectacles are independently tested and CE certified to meet the ISO 12312-2:2015 standard for the safest direct solar viewing. These eclipse viewing glasses are manufactured exclusively with scratch resistant black polymer material and have an optical density of 5 or greater. Our spectacles filter out 100% of harmful ultra-violet, 100% of harmful infrared, and 99.999% of intense visible light. Read more about eclipse viewing safety here!

WILL MY HALO ORDER ARRIVE IN TIME FOR THE AUGUST 21st ECLIPSE?
All HALO spectacles will ship on or before August 16th to accommodate delivery by August 19th, though you will likely receive your order several days prior. If you need to receive your eclipse spectacles prior to the estimated arrival date specified on your confirmation email, let us know and we will do our best to expedite your HALO order. Orders placed after August 16th are not guaranteed to arrive on time, but we will certainly try our best.

CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE LENS REPLACEMENT OPTION?

Sure! Millions of people will travel to watch the total solar eclipse on August 21, and most of those people will be viewing the eclipse through special eclipse glasses. Most of those glasses have been certified to meet the standards of ISO 12312-2:2015 and should not be older than three years, or have scratched or wrinkled lenses. Given that the next solar eclipse that will occur in the United States will be in October 2023, we can expect that millions of paper and plastic glasses will be thrown away.

HOW ABOUT RETURNS?

Due to the nature of the product, we will not be able to accept returns on HALO eclipse spectacles once the product has been shipped. If your order arrives damaged, defective or after the eclipse, please email us at hello@haloeclipse.com and we'll happily refund or replace the item. However, please take advantage of our lens replacement program so you can wear your HALO spectacles as everyday sunglasses!