The Eclipse: Watching your children, while you watch the totality

Pablo Tucker
August 13, 2017

During a total solar eclipse, the moon moves in front of the sun. However, it will only visible in certain areas.

NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence and NASA scientist Cathy Wilson are scheduled to be on site to answer questions, and there will be a solar system display for a demonstration of how an eclipse works. It will be the first coast-to-coast, USA -only eclipse in 99 years. "The sun was totally blocked out and you could see the aurora around the sun", Smith said that moment it went dark "you could see the peace and quiet in god's creation".

As you get close to the start of totality, that last patch of bright sunlight makes the almost eclipsed sun look like a diamond ring.

After Baily's Beads disappear, you enter the most exciting part of an eclipse: Totality. As the moon passes by the sun, the moon completely blocks the sunlight in an area of total eclipse and blocks a portion of the sun's light in areas of partial eclipse.

During a solar eclipse, such as the one that will happen on August 21, the moon comes between the Earth and the sun, blocking out the light of the sun. Complete information and an official countdown is online at

Earlybirds who plan on watching a piece of sun go missing should do not forget to be safe.

Merlo recommends people to use camera and telescope solar filters too as staring straight into the sun through a lens of a camera has potential to permanently damage the eye. We're working to confirm if they'll have glasses available.

In addition to its preparation event, the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society also will help people experience the solar eclipse by having members out from noon to 3 p.m. August 21 in the plaza outside the main library, a group news release said.

Plan ahead and wake up early.

Maximum Partial Eclipse: 2:45 p.m.

"The other piece of advice I have is when you're watching the eclipse with your children, be sure your kids have their eye protection on", Van Gelder urges.

Don't attempt to view the eclipse without the correct gear.

- Get centered and enjoy the view. Only specialized glasses should be used to view the show.

Inspect your glasses beforehand.

"We sold out the same day we got them", a salesperson at Lowes told NBC Charlotte.

They are also metal coated on one side, whereas fake glasses are black on both sides. Once you've glanced at the sun, turn your head away before removing the glasses.

Staring at the sun can damage an eye's retina, causing temporary or even permanent damage.

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