On , the United States will be experiencing the first total solar eclipse since 1991 and the first to move across the entire mainland of the country since 1918.
A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes in between the earth and the sun. While this rare occurrence may be exciting, safety is a concern. Looking directly at the sun during an eclipse could severely hurt your eyes.
Protect your eyes and view the eclipse safely with these tips from the National Weather Service:
- Make sure to wear special solar filtered sunglasses if you plan to stare directly at the eclipse.
- It is only safe to stare at the sun during the eclipse when the moon is totally covering the sun. This only happens for a brief period and will only occur in a very narrow path about 70 miles wide from Oregon to South Carolina.
- You can also safely view the eclipse through a solar filtered telescope or Welder’s glass #14 and darker.
- If you are going camping to view the eclipse, visit the U.S. Forest Service website for safety tips. Also, check www.weather.gov for signs of low humidity and high temperatures, which are a recipe for wildfires.
For more information on the solar eclipse or for a solar eclipse party kit, visit eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.