A total Solar Eclipse is expected to cross the entire country on Monday, August 21, 2017 for the 1st time since 1918. As long as the weather cooperates, everyone nationwide should be able to view the Solar Eclipse as the Moon passes in front of the Sun causing a shadow on Earth and making it look like nighttime during the daytime. According to NASA the total Solar Eclipse will start near Lincoln City, Oregon 12:15 CST and end near Charleston, South Carolina around 1:48pm CST. It will last about 1 hour 40 minutes. Plan ahead for taking the day off, or take an extended lunch hour on 8/21/17.
DO NOT EVER LOOK INTO A PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE W/ YOUR NAKE EYE. It’s ONLY SAFE to look at the Moon when it’s FULLY BLOCKING the Sun.The only safe way to view it is is through a specialized filter. Eclipse Glasses have these, but you need to make sure they are the Real Deal. If you’re not sure.. DON’T LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE SOLAR ECLIPSE! You can damage your eyes, even GO BLIND… NO JOKE! You will know when you can look at the Solar Eclipse when you’re wearing the Eclipse Glasses and it becomes so dark you can’t see anything. This is when you’ll know it’s safe to take them off for a quick peek .. then back on for your Eye Safety!
Partial Eclipses can be observed indirectly by projection, in which viewers watch the Solar Eclipse on a screen. These can be easily constructed at home with a few, simple materials – such as a piece of paper and cardboard box. Click here to find out how to create a DIY Simple Card Projector to use during the Solar Eclipse. You can keep it, or recycle it when you are done. A special #1Thing for Mama Earth after watching an Amazing Show.
Whatever techique you decide to use, DO NOT STARE CONTINUOUSLY AT THE SUN! Take breaks and rest your eyes. Remember, regular sunglasses DO NOT protect your eyes well. Use the Eclipse Glasses. Click here to find out more from NASA so you are prepared for Monday 8/21/17. ENJOY SAFELY!