The eclipse will be here on Monday August 21st and it’s a once in a lifetime event.  As awesome as it sounds- what specifically is it and what makes it different than other eclipses?  How long does it last?  And what are the safety tips to keep myself and my kids safe?  Here are The Deets:

Deets about the Solar Eclipse:

  1. Anyone planning to view the total solar eclipse should get a pair of solar viewing glasses. These protective shades make it possible for observers to look directly at the sun before and after totality.
  2. Sunglasses cannot be used in place of solar viewing glasses.
  3. During totality, when the disk of the sun is completely covered by the moon, it is safe to look up at the celestial sight with the naked eye.
  4. NEVER look at the sun through binoculars, telescope, camera or a smartphone camera lens without a solar filter — the magnified light can damage your eyes faster than looking at the sun unaided.
  5. Wear sunscreen that day as you may be outside more than usual and the sun’s rays may be more intense.

Enjoy the solstice!