What is an eclipse?
A solar eclipse is a celestial event when the moon passes between the sun and Earth blocking all or part of the sun. On August 21, 2017, the first solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in 38 years will be visible from parks across the country. The total solar eclipse will travel from Oregon to South Carolina and cross over 21 national park units. To learn more about eclipses explore the National Park Service natural phenomena webpage.
Safe ViewingNever look directly at the sun's rays. To safely look at the sun, proper eye protection is necessary. Severe eye injury can result without protection. Eclipse glasses are the simplest method to view the eclipse from start to finish. Eye protection is not necessary during the moments of eclipse totality, but must be used before, after and any time viewing the sun.
Handheld solar viewers and special-purpose solar filters provide the only safe way to look at the partially eclipsed sun. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not sufficient.
Click here to learn more about the 2017 Eclipse Across America.
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