Have you heard about the total solar eclipse coming in August 2017?  This is an event you don’t want to miss!  The last time we had a total solar eclipse in North America was almost 100 years ago!  And the next time you will be able to see a total eclipse over the continental U.S. will be in 2024.

Astronomy specialists are claiming that the “Great American Eclipse” will be the most-viewed ever because of the media coverage, the weather on that date, and number of people who will have access to it from nearby metropolitan areas.  Everyone in the continental U.S. will be able to see at least a partial eclipse.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible across all of North America.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks any part of the sun.  The entire continent of North America will experience a partial eclipse lasting 2 to 3 hours.  If you are on the 70-mile wide path, you will be able to see a total eclipse, when the moon completely blocks the sun for nearly 3 minutes, turning day into night.

How to Safely View the Great American Eclipse

To fully enjoy the magnificent celestial event without seriously damaging your eyes, you must not look directly into the sun; but instead use the proper solar filters.  The only time you can view the sun without filters is if you are in an area where a total solar eclipse will occur, and this only lasts for just over 2 minutes.  Even that is not advised.

There are four manufacturers of solar eclipse glasses and viewers approved by NASA that meet international standards: American Paper Optics, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.

If you plan on viewing the eclipse, be sure to purchase quality solar eclipse glasses that are certified and meet international standards.

  • To view the solar eclipse safely, wear special CE and ISO tested solar eclipse glasses
  • Do not use regular sunglasses: they do not offer sufficient protection for your eyes
  • Do not stare continuously at the sun, even with the proper solar filters
  • Eclipses are best viewed directly when magnified; a telescope with the proper solar filter will work

Free Resources for the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Download the free map of the Total Eclipse from NASA here.

Download the free safety guide on how to view the 2017 Solar Eclipse here.

We hope you enjoy the Great American Eclipse on August 21, 2017!  It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness one of nature’s most breathtaking celestial events.

At Primary Eyecare, we care about your vision.  We want you to fully enjoy all of the amazing wonders of this world.  For your comprehensive eye exam, schedule one here today!