Are You Going to Watch the Solar Eclipse on August 21st? Be Sure to Wear Protective Eyewear!

On August 21st of this year, citizens of the United States are going to experience a solar eclipse. This once in a lifetime event will begin early at 9:05 am. As the day continues the solar eclipse will pass over a total of 14 states until around 4:09 pm. This event, although a sight to see, can still cause harm to your eyes. Today, I’m going to tell you how you can witness this event while keeping you protected from the eclipses rays.

Totality Track

The first thing you want to do is track the eclipse’s totality. Totality tracking is the locations on the earth where the eclipse can be seen. In order to see the eclipse, you must be on the track of totality. On the day of the eclipse, the track of totality is roughly 70-mi (113km) wide and moves from the west coast to the east coast. Beginning in Oregon at 9:05 am the moon will take about an hour to move across the sun, making its totality 10:18 am. For most people in the U.S., the moon will appear to cover at least 2/3’s of the sun, and in many locations, it will be much more than that. The total eclipse will be viewable from these 14 states: Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Protect Your Eyes

You should never look at the sun without protective eye wear. Looking directly into the sun with your naked eyes can cause permanent damage. If you look directly at the sun, chances are you will regret it later. The American Optometric Associations (AOA) strongly recommends using special-purpose solar filters or other ISO-certified filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers, to view the partially eclipsed the sun. Taking the proper precautions before the eclipse can help avoid permanent damage to your eyes, such as solar retinopathy. You can get solar viewing glasses from Amazon or Walmart. There are also some public libraries across the nation giving out glasses for free. Remember, don’t stare at the sun too long. If you would like to know what times you can view the eclipse, you can find that information here.

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