What you need to know about the solar eclipse

What you need to know about the solar eclipse

A solar eclipse is planned for Monday, August 21, 2017. The total eclipse is visible in a 65-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina.  A partial eclipse is visible in North American and parts of South America.

This celestial event will happen when the moon completely covers the sun and the sun’s atmosphere called, the corona, can be seen to viewers on the path and will last an hour and thirty-three minutes. The last time this happened in the United States was 1979.

Your eyes are not meant to stare directly at the eclipse and it can cause long-term damage.  You must use safe, certified eye protection to view the eclipse directly. Many eclipse glasses are sold out, but you can still view it using this pinhole method.

Pull over to the side of the road while driving, keep your headlights on, do not try to photograph or videotape the eclipse and do not wear the eclipse glasses while driving.

The nearest place to Chicago to view the eclipse is Carbondale although hotels along the path have been booked for months.

Images from NASA.

Images from NASA.

Are you planning to view Monday’s eclipse? From where?  Do you have eye protection? 

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