The Great American Solar Eclipse is almost here! Monday afternoon will provide a spectacular view of the moon appearing to pass in front of the sun. It’s a celestial event not to be missed.
Folks in North Georgia or traveling to spots in North Georgia or to some of our northern neighbors will be in the “path of totality” and get to enjoy the full solar eclipse. This means for about two minutes folks can look directly at the moon covering the sun. The sun’s corona — a visible halo around the sun — will be visible as will the planet Venus.
If you haven’t already picked up solar eclipse glasses, you’ll want to find a friend willing to share or consider making a pinhole viewer. Certain libraries will have a limited number of glasses available for folks who attend their solar eclipse viewing parties and educational events. Check here to see if a library near you will be participating.
For anyone not able to be in the path of totality, a partial solar eclipse will still be visible. The entire event will take several hours, so from about 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST the solar eclipse should be visible.
Keep your eyes safe and take the utmost precautions to only view the eclipse with ISO certified glasses or by indirect methods. Looking directly at the sun can cause severe and irreversible damage to you eyes, including blindness. So definitely use caution and protect your eyes while enjoying the event.
This is an exciting celestial event, one we are so lucky to be able to view. Stay safe out there and enjoy!