Even if you have been around a while and feel like you have “seen it all,” the total eclipse this Monday, August 21st is the first of its kind in 100 years! So, it will provide a new experience for almost all of us.
The best view of this eclipse will be in a diagonal path across The United States from Oregon, where it will be visible beginning at 9:06 am to South Carolina, where it will be visible beginning at 4:06 pm.
Here’s a map: Eclipse 2017
A “Total Eclipse” occurs when the moon comes between the earth and the sun, and for several moments blocks the sun from the earth.
According to NASA, looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse referred to as “totality,” when the moon entirely blocks the sun. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers.
Homemade filters or regular sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. Make sure to stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer BEFORE looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, make sure to turn away first and then remove your filter — do not remove it while watching the sun.
Here are some safety recommendations for you and your family from NASA:
- Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical devices.
- Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
- If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the sun’s bright face, and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the remaining partial phases.
- Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.
- If you usually wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.
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