Viewing Tips for the Solar Eclipse (April 8, 2024)

In case you haven’t been paying attention, there will be a RARE opportunity to view a total (or near total, depending on your exact location) solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.   It will be visible in totality only within a band across the entire contiguous United States.  Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth’s surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of miles wide.

Tip #1 – Know what a solar eclipse is.

From Wikipedia:

As seen from the Earth, a solar eclipse is a type of eclipse that occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks (“occults”) the Sun. This can happen only at new moon when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth in an alignment referred to as syzygy. In a total eclipse, the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon. In partial and annular eclipses, only part of the Sun is obscured.

See more about a Solar Eclipse.

Photo Credit: NASA

Tip #2 – Know when to look based on where you are located!

NASA has the details on the when and where!

Tip #3 – Be Prepared!   Safety first!

The most important thing to note about the solar eclipse is that you MUST have eclipse viewing glasses to safely view any portion of the eclipse.   (Except when totality occurs if you are in the totality zone.  Then you can take them off until totality is over.)

Which means you’ll have to do a little planning ahead and order glasses in time enough for them to arrive before the eclipse! 

You can find plenty of eclipse viewing glasses options for sale on Amazon.  Be sure to confirm all shipping times just to make sure they will arrive before the eclipse!

Will you be trying to view the eclipse?


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