No School AUG 21: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

 

Do you know what’s happening on August 21, 2017?

That’s right! There’s no school that day!

But, wait. There’s more… much, much more happening that many of us may not experience again during our entire lifetime!

 

In their online article entitled, “Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely),” Space.com provides interesting information, viewing tables, embedded videos, and even an app for iPhone and Android smart devices to stimulate public interest and enhance the viewing experience of this spectacular celestial event.

They begin their article,

On Aug. 21, 2017, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse.

The so-called Great American Total Solar Eclipse will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a stretch of land about 70 miles (113 kilometers) wide. People who descend upon this “path of totality” for the big event are in for an unforgettable experience.

 

In their information-loaded quick-read, they provide answers in everyday language to common questions about the eclipse, such as:

  • What is a total solar eclipse?
  • What will I see during a total solar eclipse?
  • Where will the total solar eclipse be visible?
  • When will the total solar eclipse occur, and how long will it last?
  • Do I need any equipment to view the eclipse?
  • What else should I know before viewing the eclipse?
  • When is the next time a total solar eclipse will be visible from the U.S.?

 

Parents, this is an awesome opportunity to spend time with your children and reflect on the magnificent creation of God. We know of many local families traveling to Charleston, Columbia, or Sumter to make sure they are in the path of “totality.”

But remember, no matter from where you may view the eclipse, please exercise caution and use common sense when viewing to avoid potential eye damage, and do not allow unsupervised children to look directly at the sun on any other occasion.

Happy viewing!