Social media is buzzing with people talking about the eclipse happening Monday, August 21st. We want to give you a reminder of the very important tips and techniques that you need to follow so that you don’t injure your eyes. THIS IS VERY SERIOUS! (Make sure your kids are aware too!)
Never view the Sun with the naked eye or by looking through optical devices such as binoculars or telescopes! DON’T DO IT!
Do you remember when you were a kid and you used a magnifying class to burn ants? Don’t let that happen to your eye. There are no pain sensors in your eye so you won’t even know if this is happening. Just practice safety first.
The only time that you can look directly at the sun is during “totality” which lasts only a few seconds (to possibly a few minutes). THE INSTANT the moon begins to move off the sun you must go back to full on safe viewing. Full safe viewing information can be found at Exploratorium. If you are in a place that won’t experience totality then you will need to make sure your eyes are in safe viewing mode AT ALL TIMES.
Here is one safe way you can build a sun viewer:
If you are looking to purchase eclipse glasses, ensure that you are buying ones that are safe.
Here are a few other fun resources:
How much of the eclipse will your exact location see? Find out!
Include the kids in the fun. Enjoy this interactive video explaining what a solar eclipse is and then use these resources to have them document their experience. The Mom Creative has some cute printables you can use for the occasion.
Local libraries are hosting viewing events as well as handing out viewing glasses, while supplies last. See if your local library is participating!
Interested in more articles about the eclipse, check out these!
Just for fun, you can grab one of the new Chocolate-glazed doughnuts from Krispy Kreme to celebrate. They were created for this event. Yum!
Where will you be during the eclipse?