Where, and How, to Watch Monday’s 2017 Total Solar Eclipse With Your Kids
August 21, 2017
This coming Monday is sure to be an historic event. On August 21, 2017, folks in the United States will get the chance to see a TOTAL solar eclipse. We’re talking an event NASA calls “one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights.”
So, our question: Where will you be taking your kids to watch it??
There’s been a lot of talk about where the best place to see the eclipse is. But first, you’ll have to figure out if you can actually see it from where you live. NASA tells us anyone within the “path of totality” will be able to see it. But, well… what does that mean? It’s cool. We’ll tell ya.
First, however, for those of you asking, Um, what’s a total solar eclipse?
What’s the big deal?
Basically, a total solar eclipse is when the moon completely covers the sun… during the daytime! Which is crazy because, according to the Washington Post, a total of about 69 total solar eclipses will be visible from various places throughout the world in the next century, but only a select few will hold the ability to be seen from the United States.
Therefore, Monday’s eclipse might be your only chance for a long while. Take a look at the Post and you’ll see more details about what we mean.
Okay, great. But where can I see it?
Another question you’ll have to answer is, are you within the path of totality? Monday’s eclipse will be able to be seen by folks across 14 states – from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. The closer you are to the path, the better chance you’ll have of seeing the total eclipse of the sun.
People who live farther from the path will only see a partial solar eclipse. Which, don’t worry, is still pretty darn cool!
So do yourself a favor: Double check the NASA website to see if you’re in the path of totality. If you are, amazing! If you’re close, time for a road trip! If you’re not… sorry, but you’ll be able to at least watch it on TV, and you’ll be saving yourself the eye strain that way!
If you’re like us (based in the northeast), you may be watching from somewhere around New York or Boston. Here are a couple of quick guides so you know when your best chance will be to view the eclipse. If you’re closer to New Jersey or Pennsylvania, these same times apply!
You can find more information like this about the city you live in here.
Hmm… I just look at it?
Yes! But also no. You never want to look directly at the sun because, okay… that could hurt. But there are ways to protect your eyes. Get some ideas here.
Besides the eclipse, you may notice a couple of other cool things going on. One thing in particular, especially if you’re in the path of totality, is that nocturnal animals may stir during the day time. You may see bats flying or hear crickets chirping, because nature is telling them it’s time to wake up! Your pets may be a little confused too, so don’t blame them if they act a little funny.
Is there a specific spot I should bring my kids?
We can’t answer that for you. Because, you know, we don’t know where you live! But if you do a quick Google search, you’re sure as heck to find some premiere places. Example: a quick search for “2017 total solar eclipse New York City viewing spots” brings up a myriad choices of places to go.
So c’mon. Get doing some research, pack a few sandwiches and give your kids the thrill of a lifetime. Seriously, it’s historic!