On Monday, August 21st, we will witness the first total solar eclipse of the 21st century in North America. A lot of people will observe this astronomical phenomenon, and you will probably be tempted to watch it too.
In the U.S., the path of the total eclipse will start at Lincoln Beach, Oregon and go all the way to Charleston, South Carolina. If you’re not in the somewhat narrow 70-mile-wide path of the total eclipse, you will see a partial solar eclipse.
Important reminder: it's excessively dangerous to watch an eclipse without eye protection. The sun rays can burn your retina permanently, even if you don’t feel a burning sensation.
Here are a few tricks to safely watch the eclipse:
Telescope with filter: if you have access to a telescope with UV/sun filters, that is the safest way to look at the eclipse.
Glasses: the second safest way to watch the eclipse is to wear eclipse glasses, which are made expressively for this purpose. You can find these in Best Buys, Target and Wal-Mart all around the country - but hurry up, because stocks are depleting everywhere. Do not watch a solar eclipse with your regular sunglasses - they weren't made for this, and you will burn your retina.
Observation box: you can make an eclipse observation box with an old shoe box and some aluminum paper. This video will show you how to do it easily.
Phone: If you have an extra pair of eclipse glasses, you can cut the filter and stick it to your phone's camera lens. That way, you will be able to record and take pictures of the solar eclipse.
Live stream: NASA has announced that they will live stream the event on their website, so this is the easiest and safest way to watch the total eclipse
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