As of today, the total solar eclipse is only two months away!
The Eclipse Phenomena will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017, when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun. In addition to it being an awe-inspiring event for us amateur stargazers, it will provide a rare opportunity for NASA and other sky watchers to collect data only available during eclipses. This will be the first total solar eclipse that passes through the USA in over 38 years, and the next won’t be until 2024 then 2045! The path of totality for 2017 is about 70 miles wide and stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. Also, passing through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina as it crosses the United States. You can use NASA’s interactive map to zoom in on the path and find out the exact locations from which it will be visible. (You can view it HERE.)
We are almost perfectly centered on its path as it crosses South Carolina and I am already excited to see day turn to night. To safely watch as the disk of the moon appears to completely cover the disk of the sun and see the sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona, as it becomes visible. I found an excellent article from the American Astronomical Society the describes what to expect from a solar eclipse. No matter where you are watching from you will need a quality pair of glasses to safely watch as the disk of the moon appears to completely cover the disk of the sun and see the sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona, as it becomes visible. We got our ISO & CE Certified Safe Solar Eclipse Shades from Great Eclipse!
Their shades are:
- SAFETY CERTIFIED – Their Solar Eclipse Glasses are ISO & CE Certified to guarantee safety for you eyes when viewing UV rays for extended periods of time
- EFFECTIVE VIEWING – The size they have chosen allows for use with adults, kids, and everywhere in between. They have an optical density 5, and the film has a black undercoating for maximum protection and stunning orange and yellow colors while viewing the sun
- COME IN A 5 or 10 PACK – To cut cost, save shipping time, and share your solar eclipse glasses with your friends and family!
The Great Eclipse Solar Eclipse Glasses are made to have a great view of the Great American Eclipse at a value price. We haven’t had a chance to view this historical event yet but feel confident in the UV 400 protection offered with these shades. When I put them on and looked at a light in the house I saw nothing and I mean NOTHING! I think the heavyweight 140lb cardstock paper that they are constructed from is a great idea, making these glasses affordable for so many people. We’re ready and you should be, too!