106.5 The Arch wants you to be prepared for the 2017 Solar Eclipse on August 21st, 2017! Don’t miss out on this once in a life time experience! Below are ways to enjoy the special event.
Headed out to view the eclipse? According to NASA’s website, be sure to follow these safety tips:
- Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
- Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.
- If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases
For additional safety tips, please be sure to read the rest of the article here.
Many communities are hosting special events to view and learn about the 2017 solar eclipse. Here are a few local events from the NASA Eclipse website:
What is an eclipse and how does it work? NASA has provided a great video (below) that breaks down the 2017 eclipse.
Quick facts from the NASA eclipse website:
*St. Louis Missouri has a local mid-eclipse time of 1:18p.
*The next total solar eclipse in the US will take place April 8th, 2024.
*Want to photograph the eclipse on your phone? Be sure to get a solar filter so that the light intensity does not destroy your camera. NASA also suggests practicing photos on the moon before hand.
*Missouri Parks in the path of totality include Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site & Harry S Truman National Historic Site.