A solar eclipse is a type of eclipse that happens when the moon passes between the sun and earth.
How Long Does It Last?
A solar eclipse can last up to seven and a half minutes but is usually much shorter.
In a nutshell, a solar eclipse happens in three phases.
- Start of the eclipse: The moons edge just touches the edge of the sun
- Totality: The moon covers the sun
- End of the eclipse: The moons edge leaves the sun
How Often Do They Happen?
A total solar eclipse is a rare event.
The last time a total solar eclipse occurred in the U.S. was 1991, in Hawaii. Before that, the last eclipse was 1979 in the northwest U.S.
Partial eclipses happen more frequently.
How Big of an Area Experiences the Eclipse?
The area which will experience “totality” is about 70 miles wide and reaches coast to coast.
Is the Solar Eclipse a Sign of Impending Doom?
No, it’s not a sign of doom.
Throughout history, any events that may have occurred in conjunction with a solar eclipse are purely coincidental.
Will the Nibiru Cataclysm Occur?
No, Planet X will not crash into the earth next month.
Besides, if it did, could you do anything for it? Well, one person could, Captain K, could jump on Planet X and ride it like a wild stallion out of the path of destruction. Woo-Hoo, Lisa Goodwin!
Nah, just kidding, Captain Krazy is a fascinating theory that I don’t buy, but some people think may be possible.
Watching the Eclipse
***Watching the solar eclipse with anything other than certified, and verified, eclipse glasses can result in significant damage to your eyes!***
Don’t be stupid!
Regular sunglasses, will not protect your eyes from the sun. Don’t look at the sun using regular sunglasses.
Even before using certified solar eclipse glasses, please go the manufacturer's website and the website where you bought them and confirm they are legitimate.
***Do not look at the sun through the optical viewfinder of your camera!***
The optical viewfinder will intensify the sun and cause harm to your eyes.
Using your camera or smartphone to look at the sun may result in damage to your camera or smartphone.
Enjoy the eclipse, get professional photos from the Internet later.
Never forget, you’re just one prep away.
If you have any other thoughts or questions about the solar eclipse, please leave a comment below.
Stay safe, secure and prepared,
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