The Great American Eclipse
What is a Solar Eclipse?A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, blocking out part of the sun when viewed from Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely covers the view of the sun, leaving only a ring of the corona visible from Earth.
On August 21, 2017, the continental United States will experience what is being called The Great American Solar Eclipse. A swath of land 70 miles wide and spanning from Oregon to South Carolina will be in the "path of totality" and experience a total solar eclipse.
The Solar Eclipse at Chickasaw National Recreation AreaFrom approximately 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., a partial (84%) solar eclipse will be visible at Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Open areas of the park will offer the best view of the event, with the Travertine Nature Center offering a solar telescope and eclipse-themed events from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Avert Your Eyes!Solar eclipses are an amazing natural phenomenon that visitors will remember for a lifetime. There are some safety precautions that need to be observed to ensure a great experience.
- Do not look directly at the sun. Even under normal circumstances, damage to the eye can occur when looking at the sun. Proper eye protection in the form of certified solar eclipse glasses or solar viewers is necessary. Small children should be monitored closely, and cameras, phones, and other devices require additional solar filters. Learn more about eclipse safety through NASA.
- Pay attention to traffic patterns and any changes in conditions. Other drivers may be paying more attention to the solar event than to the road! Use caution and situational awareness to avoid injuries. Please do not stop in roadways for viewing - turn-offs and parking areas will be available for the event.
- Bring proper attire, food, and water for the viewing event. Activities may last several hours, and visitors should adequately prepare.