5 Tips for Nerding Out On This Year’s Solar Eclipse

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This year families have the unique opportunity to experience a rare solar phenomena: a total solar eclipse. While eclipses happen in some part of the world with regularity, this year’s eclipse will be visible in just about every part of the United States on Monday, August 21. Here are some ways you can make the most out of this amazing event:

1 | Make sure you can see it

Every part of the contiguous US will be able to see at least a partial eclipse, with the path of totality ranging from Salem Oregon to Charleston South Carolina. The first available viewing spot will be Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. Over the next 90 minutes, the eclipse will make its way along the center of the country ending in Charleston, SC at 2:48 p.m. A little after 4 p.m. the eclipse will be completed.

The Los Angeles Times has an online interactive map where you can type in your address and see how much of the eclipse you’ll be able to view from your area.

Although hotel rooms and campgrounds along the total eclipse areas are filing up quickly, you can host your own Eclipse 2017 party wherever you are.

2 | Have protective eyewear on-hand

Even though the sun appears darker, the harmful rays emitted by the sun can still damage your eyes. Never look directly at an eclipse. Even wearing dark sunglass won’t protect your eyes.
Eclipse glasses look similar to movie 3D glasses, yet they are very different. If you purchase eclipse-viewing glasses in your local store, check to be sure they meet the specifications set forth by NASA:

  • Appropriate eclipse glasses will have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard printed on them
  • Also printed somewhere on the glasses will be the manufacturer’s name and address
  • Do not use glasses…

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