Quick tips about the solar eclipse

The widely anticipated solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st, has many people excited to experience the rare astronomical event.  A solar eclipse occurs when the moon’s orbit brings it in front of the sun.  Partial eclipses are fairly common and don’t receive as much news hype.  A total eclipse is much more rare, which is why there has been so much attention by the news media about the upcoming event. 

In case you missed the many national news stories about eclipse safety, this is a reminder: there are no circumstances when it is safe to look directly at the sun with the naked eye. Unless your organization has made prior plans for safe viewing of the eclipse, using NASA’s or other reputable safety organizations recommendations, please consider keeping your clients inside during the event so they will not be tempted to look at the sun.  The sky will darken some during the eclipse which will tempt anyone outside, especially children, to look at the sun to see what’s happening.  Because there are no pain sensors inside your eyes you may not even know you are damaging your eyesight by looking directly at the sun.

If your organization has planned something special for this event please verify your safety plans match those of these respected sources: NASA, The National Safety Council, and the American Astronomical Society.  Below are some helpful links to make sure any viewing plans you may have match those of the experts.

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