By no doubt you’ve heard the news that on Monday, August 21, the contiguous United States will be able to view a Total Solar Eclipse. According to NASA, the last total solar eclipse that passed through our country was on Feb. 26, 1979, and the next one (an Annular Solar Eclipse) will be on October 14, 2023. Our region will be directly impacted (with 97% obscurity expected in Chatham County).
And, by no doubt, you’ve heard the news that school will be closed that day, (read the school board’s announcement here), creating feelings ranging from relief, (safety first), to panic (emergency child care plan!).
The TIMA Crew understands and wants to help. So, here are a few tips that will make this experience the best.
Go to the science experts:
National Weather Service – you can find an interactive Path of Totality Map, Eclipse Countdown, Safety Information and more.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – is a great resource where you can find local events, learn about the science related to eclipses, and fun activities (to name a few features).
Download this app:
Solar Eclipse Timer – has some pretty cool features including a “Partial Phase Sequence” that gives you a timed listing of when specific phases will be occuring at your exact location.
Laugh throughout the day:
AstronomyTrek.com – Which parent doesn’t like kid-friendly jokes. You’re kids will like them, too.
Do you have any other great eclipse-related resources? Be sure to share them in the comments.
Also, remember to practice proper eye safety during the eclipse. We’ll see everyone at school on Tuesday!