Tomorrow, August 21st, a total solar eclipse is set to happen and it will be seen throughout the United States. It’s a rare event and people have been anticipating to see the total eclipse of the sun by the moon. You may be wondering why you need to stay safe. Is the eclipse going to burn my brain? Is it the end of the world? Not really, but the sun releases a lot of radiation, much of it you can’t see. Your eyes are good at compensating by contracting your pupils when bright light hits them, cutting back the flow. The problem during an eclipse? The radiation is still too high while the light dims, meaning your pupils dilate, letting it all in.
Keep in mind these safety precautions to fully enjoy this very exciting phenomenon:
1. Don’t Stare at the Sun without protection
It is tempting to look up as the world darkens and the sky goes gray-blue. The sun looks safe when it is partially covered. Resist this urge. The only exception is if you happen to be in the path of totality, you can look at the completely covered sun for the few minutes it remains so. Be careful if you’re doing this because if you’re still looking up when the sun slips out of totality, it can have permanent damaging results.
2. Wear Eclipse Glasses
These glasses come in plastic and paper frames. They will let you enjoy the eclipse from start to finish without concern. You can still enjoy the eclipse without special glasses, just without looking at the sun.
3. A Welder’s Mask works great as well
If you don’t have eclipse glasses, welding masks and goggles are great alternatives too, as long as they are rated 14 or above.
4. If you’re Driving, Stop the Car
If you’re driving while the solar eclipse is going on, stop the car to prevent the risk of accidents. People tend to get distracted by the eclipse that they forget they’re driving on the road. Furthermore, the brief moment of darkness is enough to prevent you from seeing what’s in front of you. Additionally, there will be a lot of people on the road, heading to the many cities across the United States to get a glimpse of this wonderful spectacle. Just keep calm and enjoy the moment together with others.
5. Don’t Freak Out
Calm down. A solar eclipse is a natural phenomenon and it doesn’t mean the end of the world. You don’t need to go panic-buying in grocery stores. Just enjoy it.
If you are planning on viewing the solar eclipse with others, remember to bring food and water. You can also bring with you a fresh Elite Protein smoothie to keep you refreshed and healthy. The best places to view an eclipse will likely be very packed with people. When the eclipse is done, always respect the towns and places you will be driving through or staying in. Clean up after yourselves and make sure to leave every place better than you found it. Most importantly, enjoy and have fun!
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