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May 1, 2017

This Event Will Not Happen Again For 28 Years, Time To Travel

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Update: Did you get glasses to watch the eclipse? You don't have to just throw them out. You can donate your eclipse glasses to schools outside the U.S. Astronomers Without Borders is offering to collect them ahead of eclipses in South America and Asia.

On August 21, 2017, there will be a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse that has not been seen in nearly 100 years. The next total solar eclipse over North America will be on April 8, 2024. An eclipse with a similar path across U.S. will not be back until August of 2045.
It is estimated that between 1.5 million and 5 million people may travel into the path of the eclipse.

What Is An Eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun and the Moon blocks the Sun for a viewer on Earth. During a total eclipse, the Moon lines up perfectly to fully obscure the Sun

This particular one is called the National Eclipse since it will be visible across several states in U.S. For best viewing of the event travel over to the cities that are along the past as shown below


Where to travel to see it best:
»Salem, Oregon, USA
»Harrison, Nebraska, USA
»North Platte, Nebraska, USA
»Kearney, Nebraska, USA
»Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
»Kansas City, Kansas, USA
»Kansas City, Missouri, USA
»Independence, Missouri, USA
»Jefferson City, Missouri, USA
»Carbondale, Illinois, USA
»Clarksville, Tennessee, USA
»Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA
»Nashville, Tennessee, USA
»Cookeville, Tennessee, USA
»Anderson, South Carolina, USA
»Taylors, South Carolina, USA
»Columbia, South Carolina, USA
»Kingstree, South Carolina, USA
»Summerville, South Carolina, USA
»Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Did You Know?: Looking at the Sun, even when the sun is visible as only a thin crescent during an eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage or even blindness.

Protect Your Eyes!
Never look directly at the Sun, eclipsed or otherwise, without proper protective eyewear. The Sun’s UV radiation can burn the retinas in your eyes. To watch a solar eclipse safely, wear protective eclipse glasses or project an image of the eclipsed Sun using a pinhole projector.

Per NASA, eclipse viewing glasses and handheld solar viewers should meet all the following criteria:
» Have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard
» Have the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on the product
» Not be used if they are older than three years, or have scratched or wrinkled lenses
» Not use homemade filters or be substituted for with ordinary sunglasses -- not even very dark ones -- because they are not safe for looking directly at the Sun

5 manufacturers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers that meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products:
American Paper Optics, Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold film only), Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 1

Eclipse Gear:

Rainbow Symphony Eclipse Shades™ - safe for direct viewing of solar eclipses.
$14.95 - Pack of 5
$18.95 - Pack of 10

Plastic Eclipse Glasses - $19.95

Commemorative Glasses

Eclipse Shades™ paper eclipse glasses with a special "heartland" design for the 2017 eclipse. Includes a matching 11" x 14" poster.

Lunt Solar Systems Light SUNoculars - binoculars for watching the solar eclipse. Front filters are manufactured from CE certified film to ensure the highest level of viewing quality

If you are using a telescope or camera, you can use specially designed solar filters over the front lenses to avoid eye damage

And if you are a DIY type, you can get indirect views of the event by building an eclipse viewer, which projects an image of the sun onto a flat surface.
Build a Solar Eclipse Viewer

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