On August 21st, the day goes dark – in a good way! It’s a once-in-our lifetime chance to see a total solar eclipse.
There goes the sun
Solar eclipses happen about every 18 months, but this is the first total eclipse to be visible in the United States in 40 years. The blocking of light (called the path of totality) will be visible across the entire continent. Because the moon is full of hills and valleys like Earth, you would also see what scientist’s call “Baily’s beads,” a trickling of light spots before and after the total eclipse. Read all about eclipses from the experts at NASA.
Cool, huh? But this does not mean you can safely take a peek at the sun – it is extremely dangerous! Don’t do this at home or anywhere else – you can permanently burn the retina of your eye, and you won’t even know it is happening. So no peeking. None. Never.
Unless you have the right shades
You could view it through solar eclipse glasses – however, there are a lot of “counterfeit” and fairly useless glasses being marketed. Make sure your glasses are approved by the American Astronomical Society. Read their suggestions here. But seriously, even if you have them speed-mailed to you, these glasses are ridiculously overpriced. If you really want to see the eclipse through glasses, check to see if your public library has some available. Here is a list of libraries that are holding eclipse events.
But you can still view the eclipse in an indirect way by making an inexpensive viewer – and we love saving money here at CashCrone.com! You only need a box and a few other household supplies to make a solar eclipse viewer. Or grab that colander from the kitchen and let the sun shine through the colander onto a white piece of paper. You will have dozens of tiny little suns eclipsing before your eyes!
We want to see, too!
Share your viewing box results and eclipse viewing experiences with us in the comment section! Here is a link to find out when you can view the eclipse in your neck of the woods.