A line of spectral darkness, a total eclipse of the sun, will sweep dramatically across the USA on August the 21st 2017. This path, called the ‘umbral shadow’ will travel across 14 states starting at Lincoln City, Oregon, at 9:05 in the morning PDT (local time). The last eclipse of this magnitude that crossed the entire contiguous United States was in 1918, nearly a century ago.
Even if you are not into science, this is not a time to go ‘pfffft……..‘ that is so not a cool thing to do. This is a major astronomical event affecting millions of people, so appreciate the experience for what it is, an amazing and exciting moment.
Total Eclipse USA TOP TIPS
- To look at a solar eclipse you need to take safety precautions – your sight is at risk if you do not. See NASA Safety.
- Order your ISO 12312-2 compliant protective glasses now. Amazon Smile* have a 5 pack and a 10pk here to split with friends or check with your local science museums. Then arm yourself with an eclipse map for your area.
- Be prepared. A lot of people will be coming a long way to experience this. Many from around the world.
Total Eclipse Extra TIps
- Check for one of the many official eclipse viewing spots or, if you have local knowledge, head for a spot you know you will get a clear sky view from.
- You will need those ISO 12312-2 compliant glasses to catch the diamond ring effect, also knows as Baily’s Beads.
- If you want full on crush ’em down information then check Nasa’s Eclipse Site. The amount of information here is immense, from the easy to follow graphics for us cats, to the technical stuff astronomy buffs will dive deep into. Go nowhere else – NASA is the place to be.
- There will be a NASA Livestream on the day – check the website.
A Note for Epileptic Pets Owners During the Total Eclipse
Our doggy buds at FiveSibes™ have a great post “Preparing Your Epi-Dog For The Solar Eclipse” http://bit.ly/2wQOyMF While it is dog focused it contains a lot of valuable information that might apply to a kitty in the same position.
The total eclipse will end in Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:48 p.m. EDT. The lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 p.m. EDT. Even if you are not along the line of shadow a partial eclipse will be visible throughout the United States.
We are thankful that we may be able to share the experience with our friends, thanks to online converage like the livestream at NASA, or other online events, and we hope our friends, including Brian and his family are able to enjoy the eclipse too. Will you be watching the amazing eclipse?
Total Eclipse USA Watcher
*Amazon Smile helps Place for Cats Foster Network, not Dash Kitten.