The upcoming solar eclipse has people buzzing, with eclipse fans voicing their excitement and eclipse-related merchandise flying off of store shelves. At least, I assume that’s what’ going on. Well, in keeping with that hype, let’s take a look at some of the essentials you should know about the 2017 solar eclipse.
1) The Eclipse Will Occur On Monday
In case you don’t already have it in marked on your calendar, the eclipse will occur on Monday the 21st of August. For reference, the last total solar eclipse visible throughout the U.S. was on Feb. 26, 1979. Which means it was probably widely experienced with the Bee Gees playing in the background.
2) There Will Be Traffic
While you generally expect large bouts of traffic for sporting events and the occasional lunar eclipse, it appears that the solar eclipse will also leave the roads pretty packed. In fact, the Federal Highway Administration has dedicated part of their website to assisting those trying to travel during the event.
3) You Need To Look At It Safely
Now let’s get to the real fun part of the article: safety! Yes, it’s important to prepare yourself properly for viewing the eclipse because, well, you could kinda do permanent damage to your eyes. Not to be dramatic or anything. Simply look for a trusted brand of solar viewers or, if you’re feeling crafty, create your very own sun funnel.
4) It Will Be Years Before The Next Total Eclipse
If you forget to set a reminder or are sleeping in all day playing hooky from work on Monday, you will still get another chance to experience a total eclipse in the U.S. The only problem is it won’t happen again until April 8, 2024. Which is probably when that next Game of Thrones book will finally come out…
Please do not put your eyesight in jeopardy! NASA Has issued safety guidelines here!