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One of nature’s most fascinating events is happening Aug. 21.
Everyone in North America will be able to see a solar eclipse that afternoon. The Chicago area will see a partial eclipse, while downstate folks will see a total eclipse.
It’s an amazing sight. And it doesn’t happen very often (the last total solar eclipse viewed from the contiguous U.S. was on Feb. 26, 1979), so don’t miss it!
But before you run outside for a peek, brush up on eye protection, as staring at the sun can cause serious damage to your eyes.
According to the American Optometric Association, people must use eclipse viewers to safely watch the event. If you watch the eclipse with unprotected eyes, you risk the concentrated rays of the sun causing permanent damage to your retinas.
The American Astronomical Society provides a list of reputable companies that sell solar filters and viewers.
NASA offers these important eclipse safety tips:
Another way to watch the partial eclipse is with a pinhole projector — which could be just your hands.
Make sure you figure out how you’ll safely watch the eclipse, as it’s a can’t-miss event that doesn’t happen very often. After Aug. 21, the next total solar eclipse won’t be until April 8, 2024.
If you can’t see it in person, you can tune in to a live broadcast.
What will you be doing for the eclipse? Share with us in the below comments.
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