On August 21st we will see a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth. The sun is blocked by the moon. This causes the sky to appear like it is night even though it is during the day!
There are a lot of things to keep in mind while viewing the eclipse. You need special glasses to view it. Make sure that your glasses are safe though. If you put them on and CANNOT SEE ANYTHING then they are safe eclipse glasses. Regular sunglasses WILL NOT keep your eyes safe. I have heard that a lot of eye doctors have glasses available to purchase. Also DO NOT look directly at the eclipse without the glasses. This could cause permanent eye damage. If you are not able to get glasses you can make a pinhole viewer from a cereal box.
Are you a photographer? You will need to protect your camera during the eclipse as well! You may be looking though the lens but you will still be looking straight into the eclipse. I found this link on Facebook. It is a list of websites to get a special lens for your camera or how to make a solar filter for your camera.
What is the best place to view the eclipse? There are several places that you will be able to see the total or partial eclipse. Total being 100% and partial being 99% and below. This website has been going around Facebook and it is a great tool to see what percentage of totality you can see in your area. My hometown in Illinois is in the 100% totality for the longest period of time. They are having a huge four day event called Moonstock. “Eclipse Chasers” from all over the country are coming to see the event. They are supposed to have Ozzy Osbourne there to sing his hit song Bark at the Moon during the eclipse time of totality. I will believe that one when I see it though! Haha!
Are you in the area of a Waffle House? Mr. RCGG found an article with a map on the best places to watch the eclipse while eating at a Waffle House! This one is a little out there but I thought it was funny and wanted to include it! Haha!
As you can see there’s so much going on across the country for the eclipse on Monday! I hope you will be safe while enjoying the eclipse.
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