Top 10 Things to Know about the Solar Eclipse
We at Elachee have been fielding phone calls and emails from individuals posing questions about the upcoming Solar Eclipse, and we thought it would be helpful to share these tips from Robert Webb, Elachee senior naturalist and astronomer.
Safety Tips for Viewing the Solar Eclipse
- Do not put on eclipse glasses and then try to view the Sun through binoculars or a telescope. The concentrated sunlight will BURN a hole right through your eclipse glasses and into your eye.
- Before the eclipse, check your eclipse glasses for any pinholes in the coating. In a dark room use a flashlight to shine through the lenses, toward you, to reveal any defects. IMPORTANT: Do Not Use scratched or defective eclipse glasses to view the Solar Eclipse.
- If you try to project the image of the partially eclipsed Sun onto a white wall or board using binoculars or a telescope, be warned. The heat from the Sun may ruin this equipment by melting the glue or plastic spacers between the glass elements of their lens.
- During the eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017, being outdoors will be as safe as any other normal day. Just as on a normal day you would not look directly at the Sun, don’t look at the Sun on eclipse day unless you put on special eclipse glasses.
- An indirect way to view the Solar eclipse is to look at shadows under trees for images of the eclipsed Sun as the event occurs.
What You Should Expect
- In north Georgia during the eclipse, the Moon will block more than 95-percent of the Sun’s light. However, because the Sun is so bright, only those paying attention it will notice it is a little dimmer outside. Most may not even notice something special is happening.
- The total Solar Eclipse will only be seen in the very northeastern corner of Georgia, on Monday, August 21, 2017. This region will be the only place you will be able to see the vivid, red chromosphere and the glorious corona. Of course, there are 13 other states in which you can view the eclipse, as well.
- From start to finish, the complete Solar Eclipse is expected to last three hours: from 1:06 p.m. to 4:01 p.m. The special time of “totality” occurs only during a 2.5-minute window, starting at 2:35 p.m.
- From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., look for colors to be richer and shadows to be sharper outside. It will even be cooler than your average August afternoon.
- On eclipse day, if you're traveling to a viewing destination, leave early and take plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, patience, and of course, your eclipse glasses.