On August 21, a total solar eclipse will touch the U.S. mainland for the first time since 1979, and 500 million people across North America will see at least a partial eclipse. The moon will cover at least part of the sun for 2 to 3 hours. Halfway through, anyone within a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a brief total eclipse. The moon will completely block the sun’s bright face for up to 2 minutes 40 seconds. Day will turn into night, and (weather permitting) one of nature’s most awesome sights will become visible: the sun’s shimmering outer atmosphere, or corona.
While the idea of watching the eclipse is exciting you need to take precautions to make sure you don’t do damage to your eyes. The easiest way of doing this would be to buy a pair of “eclipse glasses” which can be found at a variety of places as well as from sites like The American Astronomical Society.
Or if your feeling crafty or want something fun to do with the kids you can easily make your own pin hole camera with these directions from NASA.
Regardless of what you use make sure you use something. At Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ Stuart FL we are excited for this fascinating event and want everyone to take appropriate measures to protect you vision and hope these tips are helpful for you to do so. Enjoy the Solar Eclipse!