A solar eclipse is a phenomenon that we here on Earth are very lucky to be able to see. Our sun and moon have just the right size differences and are the exact distance away from each other that they look to be about the same size in our sky. This means that when the sun, moon and earth are all aligned exactly right, we get an absolutely spectacular sight in the form of a solar eclipse. On August 21, 2017, for the first time in 38 years, a solar eclipse will be visible from areas that stretch in a narrow band across the United States. It is estimated that this solar eclipse will be the most viewed ever, because of all the attention it has been getting from the media, as well as the ready access people will have to view it thanks to the extensive network of roads and the ideal weather we are likely to have that day. If you are making plans to witness this amazing and rarely to be seen event, then it is very important to first be aware of how to have optimum safety while viewing a solar eclipse.
What Do I Need To Know About Eclipse Safety?
Watching an eclipse is an unforgettable experience, as you see the black moon slowly pass in front of the sun until it completely covers it. For a few minutes, the eclipse will appear as a black circle with a rim of white fire (which is formed by the Sun’s corona). The day will have turned into night, the birds stop singing and the earth seems to grow very still. This is known as totality. Eventually, the moon moves out from in front of the sun and everything is as it was before. There is something you need to know, however – if you view the eclipse without wearing protective eclipse glasses, everything may not be the same as it was before for your eyes. Staring at the sun is very dangerous, because of the harmful rays and extremely bright light. The longer you look at an eclipse without using eclipse safety, and wearing protective eyewear, the more likely you are to permanently damage your eyes. While it is safe (and indeed, offers a better view) to look at the eclipse with the naked eye during totality, at every other point, wearing eclipse glasses is essential. These work to protect your eyes from the sun’s protective rays and bright light much more effectively than the best pair of sunglasses on the market. Remember, eclipse safety is important, so don’t forget to wear the right protective eyewear!
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