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A school near Georgia's coast is collecting eclipse glasses for a group that plans to make them available to schools in Asia and South America so students there can view an upcoming eclipse in that part of the world.

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Upcoming Solar Eclipse Leads To School Closing Rumors

Aug 15, 2017
Mahesh Kumar A. / associated press file

Rumors about Monday's solar eclipse are flying around the internet.

The latest: Some schools are closing to protect against liability if kids look straight at the sun.

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Astronomy educator Stephen Ramsden says just because there is an eclipse, it doesn’t mean the sun is going to be any brighter that day. 

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There are a myriad of myths about what could happen to someone during astronomical events — like the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

One enduring myth is that solar radiation during an eclipse can harm pregnant women and their expectant children. Another is that the eclipse will poison any food cooked at the time.