Monday August 21, 2017 will be your opportunity to jump in the car and travel near and far to get the best view of the solar eclipse. Scientists have given their best estimates as to when the full two-minute, thirty-second experience will begin and end, and what part of the country will have the best view. But you know how that goes. As far as I know, Noah was the last one to accurately predict an event of nature. And I know he had outside help.
If you leave home and head into the direct path, you’d better bring your long lens, filters, eclipse glasses, patience, snacks, drinks and hope to heaven somebody in your family has booked a spot to stay overnight. Because otherwise, you’ll be staying in the wide open spaces. Every bed in the path of the solar eclipse is booked. Solid!
The 31,000 residents of Hopkinsville, Kentucky have beefed up security, added cell towers and stocked up on gasoline, bottled water and toilet paper. Shortages in these areas are expected and some are easier to live with than others!
The Hirn family necks have been strengthened during our world trip. But strong necks or not, we know what not to do:
Never look directly into the sun during a Solar Eclipse. If you’re tempted, grab a pair of special eclipse glasses, provided free by most public libraries.
Never look directly at the solar eclipse through a pair of binoculars.
Only photograph the solar eclipse if you have the correct lenses and filters. Better yet, leave the photographs to the pros.
The best suggestion comes from NASA: “Above all, don’t forget to put your smartphone down and enjoy the eclipse with your own eyes!” And always trust those older and wiser than you to tell you when it’s safe to look.
It will be awhile until another solar eclipse takes place, and your eyes are supposed to last as long as you are on earth. So make sure you pay attention.
But no matter where you stand, the rules apply universally!
Protect those precious retinas!