Things to know before observing the solar eclipse -

Things to know before observing the solar eclipse

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

If you’re going into the path of totality, the experts say be prepared not only for possible traffic tie-ups but also when it comes to observing the eclipse.

Taking care of your eyes is one of the things to have on your check-list before Monday.

Mark Roth has come all the way from Virginia for the eclipse. He’s into photography and astronomy.

“Kind of cross between amateur photographer and amateur astronomer,” Roth said.

He’s brought his gear and knows you’re going to ruin your camera if you try to grab a photo of the eclipse unless you know what you’re doing.

“You definitely need solar film, solar filters, bonafide solar glasses not sunglasses, those won’t be enough to protect your eyes,” he said.

To protect your eyes make sure you have the right glasses that are certified and meet international safety standards.

Remember, some maps showing the path of totality could be off by as much as a half mile.

If you’ve downloaded one of the eclipse apps, give it a run-through this weekend so you’ll know what features it includes.

And remember – after day turns into night we could be in for a nightmare when it comes to traffic following the eclipse.

The totality begins in the St. Louis area about quarter after 1 p.m. on Monday.

MODOT says if you’re driving in the path of totality at that time and want to see it pull into a parking lot somewhere or a side street before it happens.

Don’t block up the shoulders of the highways.

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