Excited about today's solar eclipse? So are we!
Here are some tips to get you started.
Where to Watch
No matter where you’re at in the U.S., you should be able to see a partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st. However, only those in a thin path will be able to see the total solar eclipse, where the sun is completely blocked by the moon.
The path of totality stretches from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Along the way, there are several National Parks that would make the perfect setting to watch this rare event if you're close by. Find the park nearest you at the National Park Interactive Solar Eclipse 2017 Map.
How to Watch
Before you head into the wilderness to watch the eclipse, make sure you have the right equipment to protect your eyes. It is never safe to look directly at the sun, even during a partial solar eclipse. Those in the path of the total eclipse may view it directly for a couple of minutes when the sun is totally blocked by the moon.
If you don’t have the right equipment, you can safely view the eclipse with a shoebox eclipse viewer. All you need are a few supplies from around the house including a shoebox, aluminum foil, white paper, hobby knife, tape, and pin.
Watch it Online
If you can't get outside to see the eclipse for yourself or you're not in the right geographic location, that doesn't mean you'll have to miss it. Thanks to NASA, you can watch it online. You can pick from a series of different locations to watch it as it moves across the USA.