Solar Eclipse 2017: What you need to know to watch the eclipse, where to see it and how to protect your eyes

Solar Eclipse 2017: What you need to know to watch the eclipse, where to see it and how to protect your eyes

The solar eclipse will take place in Chicago, starting at 11:54 am, Monday, August 21 when the moon will begin to block our view of the Sun. The sky will continue to get darker covering up to 87 percent of the sun by 1:19 pm.

For the best view, try to find an unobstructed area where you can look south/southwest. But remember do not look directly at the sun unless you have the required protection for your eyes.

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Use approved solar eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers that are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products. Look for the ISO markings on the side of the glasses. Click here for a list of reputable vendors.

Solar glasses are becoming harder and harder to find at this late date. If you can not find approved solar glasses, you can attend Adler Fest at the Adler Planetarium or one of the following events that will be handing out Adler-branded eclipse glasses, and also, in many cases, will be hosting their own viewing parties: Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Morton Arboretum, Naper Settlement, Sea Dog Cruises and Wonder Works Children Museum. Also check your local library as many are also holding viewing parties.

OR use one of the alternative methods for viewing the eclipse including:

Welder’s glasses. But not just any welder’s glasses, NASA recommends using only the darkest shades of 13 or 14 to view the eclipse.

A pinhole projector. Learn how to make and use a 2D/3D pinhole projector. Download a free printable projector here.

Your hands. You can create pinhole projections with your fingers. Cross one hand over the other with your fingers slightly open. With your back to the sun, look through your hands’ shadow on the ground. The small spaces between your fingers should project a grid of small images on the ground that show the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse.

A Tree: Stand under a tree and look down at the ground. The sun will project circles of light coming through the leaves of the tree. The tree acts like a pinhole projector creating thousands of projected images of the eclipse on the ground.

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