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Tips for Eclipse 2017

EclipseOn Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will move across 14 states of the country. The last time this was visible in the United States was on February 26, 1979. The next won’t happen until October of 2023. Given their rarity, it’s understandable why a total eclipse has people excited and even taking time off from work to watch.

Even if you’re not in the path of the total eclipse, you’ll at least be able to see a partial eclipse from most places in the U.S. Below are some tips to prepare for the event and make the most of your experience.

Check what you’ll see in your location.

Take a look at this website prior to the eclipse to see what percentage of the eclipse you’ll be able to view. The website recommends looking at multiple zip codes around you to make sure you get the best view possible. This will also determine if you want to make travel arrangements or stay put.

Make sure to protect your eyes.

According to NASA, “the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as ‘eclipse glasses.’” Make sure you’ve reviewed all the recommended safety tips, and that your glasses are up to the standards listed in this article.

Watch the weather.

Nothing can ruin an exciting event like unexpected weather. Make sure you use this site from the National Weather Service to have up-to-date weather alerts all along the eclipse path.

Plan out your travel.

If seeing a total eclipse is on your to do list, you might need to jump in the car and drive to one of the locations in the path of totality. Just remember that you won’t be the only one traveling to see it, so allow cushion in your driving time. The U.S. Department of Transportation has traffic information listed here, as well as tips on staying safe on the roads on eclipse day.

Block your calendar.

Take a few minutes to make sure you don’t have any meetings scheduled during the eclipse. The entire event will only last a few minutes, so take the time to see the whole thing. Move the meetings around and block the time on your calendar to be certain you can make it outside and enjoy the moment. To check the timing in your area, take a look at this map.

Enjoy!

If you can make it out of the office, join friends and family to watch together. Check if there are any local viewing events happening around you. Make sure you take advantage of this exceptionally rare event!

If you’re interested in learning more about the eclipse, visit the official NASA site for more information.

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