It’s Almost Eclipse Day!! Are You Ready?
I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but there’s a total solar eclipse a-coming! A 70-mile-wide strip across North America will see totality, but the entire continent will get a shot at viewing at least a partial eclipse. That’s nothing to sneeze at.
If you are in the path of totality or close to it, I hope you have a plan to see it. If not, I still recommend getting out to see what you can. After all, it’s still the freaking Moon casting a shadow on the Earth, which is pretty flipping cool. There are viewing events all over the country. Local colleges, universities, museums, and libraries may be hosting events and, if you’re lucky, may even still have some eclipse glasses. If you can’t get any glasses, don’t fret. All you need is to make a pinhole projector to appreciate this astronomical event. Whatever you do, don’t look it directly without eye protection!
The eclipse will obviously occur at different times in different parts of the country. You type in your zip code here to find out what type of eclipse you’ll see and what time the eclipse will peak.
Even though it’s been a while since a total solar eclipse has traversed the continent, we North Americans will have another opportunity in 2024.
I wouldn’t put it off, though. If you have the opportunity to see the eclipse tomorrow, take it. It’s not often non-astronomers get to see big, beautiful astronomical events from the safety of our home in real time.
Featured image credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via Flickr