In case you haven’t heard, there is a total Solar Eclipse on Monday August 21, 2017.
A few weeks ago you could buy special glasses that would let you look directly at the eclipse, now it’s probably too late to get your hands on some legitimate ones. If they aren’t the real thing, or you have any doubts about what you acquired, don’t use them! Looking at the sun without proper eye wear can cause irreversible damage. To find out if what you have is real and will protect your eyes check out this link from the American Astronomical Society.
The total eclipse be visible across fourteen states. You can view the NASA Interactive eclipse map for accurate times and details or you can use the chart provided below;
|Eclipse Begins||Totality Begins||Totality Ends||Eclipse Ends|
|Madras, OR||09:06 a.m.||10:19 a.m.||10:21 a.m.||11:41 a.m.||PDT|
|Idaho Falls, ID||10:15 a.m.||11:33 a.m.||11:34 a.m.||12:58 p.m.||MDT|
|Casper, WY||10:22 a.m.||11:42 a.m.||11:45 a.m.||01:09 p.m.||MDT|
|Lincoln, NE||11:37 a.m.||01:02 p.m.||01:04 p.m.||02:29 p.m.||CDT|
|Jefferson City, MO||11:46 a.m.||01:13 p.m.||01:15 p.m.||02:41 p.m.||CDT|
|Carbondale, IL||11:52 a.m.||01:20 p.m.||01:22 p.m.||02:47 p.m.||CDT|
|Paducah, KY||11:54 a.m.||01:22 p.m.||01:24 p.m.||02:49 p.m.||CDT|
|Nashville, TN||11:58 a.m.||01:27 p.m.||01:29 p.m.||02:54 p.m.||CDT|
|Clayton, GA||01:06 p.m.||02:35 p.m.||02:38 p.m.||04:01 p.m.||EDT|
|Columbia, SC||01:03 p.m.||02:41 p.m.||02:44 p.m.||04:06 p.m.||EDT|
If you missed out on acquiring viewing glasses you can still watch the eclipse by making a pinhole viewer. They are quite simple and require only basic materials. There are several simple tutorials out there:
NASA gives you a good video on how to make a viewing projector with a cereal box.
If you want a more focused projection, you can use binoculars or a telescope. To project the image on a white surface, Time and Date has a good tutorial.
Just remember, these are projections viewers and can not be used to look directly at the sun.
Once you have these projections, you can then use your camera to capture photos.
If you want catch all of the action live, you can always use your phone or computer to connect with the live broadcast from NASA.
Good luck and safe eclipse viewing.