On August 21st, there will be a total solar eclipse over most of Tennessee. Many area schools have closed in preparation for this seemingly once in a lifetime event. Areas north of the city can expect between 1 minute and almost 3 minutes of darkness during the afternoon as the moon travels directly between the sun and Earth. The eclipse will occur across the continental US, moving from the west coast to the east coast.
Since it can be extremely damaging to your eyes to look at the sun, there are a few precautions to take to ensure the best possible viewing experience.
- To maximize your viewing experience, find solar eclipse glasses. There are several area libraries and retailers giving them away, or they can be purchased online.
- Ensure that the glasses properly fit your child’s face by cutting and taping them to size. Properly fitting glasses will enable your child to see through both of the dark lenses.
- Instruct your children to listen and look for changes around them. Notice if it gets slightly cooler outside, or if the animals around you become quiet.
With millions of people expected to travel for this experience, it is best to leave early and stock up on gas and patience.
The staff of NiteOwl Pediatrics would like to wish you a happy solar eclipse viewing!