Solar Eclipse – August 21st – The Event of The Century!
For the first time in over 500 years, a total solar eclipse will extend from the east to west coast of the United States and Missouri is right at the heart of it. August 21st, 2017 is shaping up to be a very exciting day in our area and it’s for good reason. The scientific phenomenon is sure to attract everyone from scientists to neighborhood watch parties. In the midst of all of the fun and excitement that goes with such a rare occasion, it is always imperative to make sure that safety is a top priority.
Most people who have any interest in the eclipse will be because they plan on viewing it. While viewing the eclipse is very exciting it does come with itsâ€™ risks unless the proper precautions are taken. The ONLY way to safely view a solar eclipse is through the use of solar eclipse glasses. Everyone knows looking directly at the sun is strong enough to blind you, and that risk is still very present during an eclipse. It should also be noted that it is unsafe to view the eclipse through a camera, telescope or binoculars. Eclipse glasses are fairly inexpensive and worth it when you put health and safety to the equation.
The eclipse will be happening around 1:12 P.M, and for many this means that they will be working or commuting while the eclipse happens. Not only is the eclipse a distraction for plenty of drivers, it should also be noted that there will be a time where drivers could potentially be blinded by total darkness. We recommend staying off the roads if possible during the time the eclipse will be taking place, because for everyone affected by this event, safety is our number one priority.