Total Solar Eclipse 2017: The Rundown
August 21 will be a historical event. It’s the first day the continental U.S. will be able to see a solar eclipse, coast-to-coast since 1918!
Any one in the adjoining 48 states will be able to see a partial eclipse; while states in the path of the sun will be able to see the moon completely eclipse it. Don’t miss out on the amazing experience. We’ve got some info and ideas to get you ready for the big event!
Who and When will be able to see the Total Solar Eclipse
Starting at 1:16 p.m. ET Lincoln Beach, Oregon will be able to see the total solar eclipse. At 2:48 p.m. ET the total solar eclipse will complete near Charleston, South Carolina. The full solar eclipse will be visible in:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
Other states will be able to see a partial eclipse at certain times through out the day. To view the best time to see the eclipse in your location visit the
American Astronomical Society for Maps & Calculators. For those of us stuck in doors, the eclipse will be streamed live on TV and the web. Check your local listings for more details. NASA’s stream will begin at 11:45 a.m. ET and will last 4.5 hours.
How to View the Eclipse
Do not, I repeat DO NOT, look directly into the sun. You should never look directly into the sun, even during an eclipse, without the appropriate eye protection. People have caused themselves serious injury by doing so.
FACT: Sunglasses do not offer adequate protection.
If you wish to take a peek directly at the eclipse you must use eye protection. Special glasses have been formulated specifically for eclipse viewing. Look for glasses that are “solar-filtering.” They are sometimes called “eclipse shades” or “solar glasses.” Stores like
Best Buy, Hobby Town, Lowe’s, Toys ‘R’ Us, Walmart, 7-Eleven, Circle K, and Pilot/Flying J are selling solar glasses according to the American Astronomical Society. For a full list of retailers, both online and brick and mortar, visit Eclipse.AAS.org.
If you can’t find glasses or would just like a cool project, you can always make a viewing box. According to
Scholastic.com, all you need is a shoe box, white piece of paper, aluminum foil, pin, and tape.
To make a viewing box:
- Remove the lid from the shoe box
- Cover one interior end of the shoe box with the white piece of paper to make a viewing screen. Secure it with tape.
- Cut a large square into the opposite end of the shoe box then tape aluminum foil over the square.
- Using the pin, poke a hole into the center of the foil. Make it slightly larger than the pin head. Note: the smaller the hole, the sharper the focus will be.
- Go outside and stand with the sun directly BEHIND you.
- Hold the box, opening-side down, with the pinhole pointed at the sun behind you. The foil should be behind your line of sight so it’s not reflecting the sun in your eyes. The sun should be shining through the pinhole causing its image to be projected on the white piece of paper.
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Going to you miss it?
Don’t worry, there will be other eclipses. They may not be visible in your state, but an eclipse will occur again on October 14, 2023, and on April 8, 2024.