It’s an event that stretches from coast to coast and it hasn’t happened in over 99 years. The total solar eclipse happens August 21, 2017 and nearly 300 million people are expected to witness this event, according to NASA. All of us here at WeatherNation want you to enjoy this once in a lifetime event, but to do so safely.
We’ll first start off by explaining what a solar eclipse entails. Unlike a lunar eclipse, where the earth casts a shadow on the moon, a solar eclipse is when the moon casts a shadow onto the earth. Everyone in the continental U.S. will see at least a partial eclipse, but a few special areas stretching from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a total solar eclipse. This area is known as the area of “totality”.
One of the best ways to view the solar eclipse with the naked eye is by purchasing specialty filtered glasses. Be sure that these glasses are from a trustworthy provider. Regular sunglasses, even if dark, are not strong enough to block the harmful rays of the sun and should not be used. Your eclipse glasses shouldn’t have any wear or tear and shouldn’t be used if they are older than three years.
Another fun way to view the eclipse is with a piece of paper or cardboard with a small hole in the center. As the moon casts a shadow on the earth, the eclipse can be viewed through the pinhole on the ground, not by looking directly at the sun.
For those of you who love to document the world around you through photography, it’s best to leave this event to the professionals.
Although this astronomical event posses some threats, it’s important to remember to have fun and to enjoy this exciting sight safely.
For WeatherNation – Josh Cozart