4 Most Important Things to Consider During the 2017 Total Eclipse

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What does the eclipse have to do with parenting? Well, not much really except that it’s one of the coolest things to happen in 38 years, at least for people living in North America, that is. The sun is one of the most natural things in our universe and to be able to see a total eclipse could be truly special.

What to Consider for the 2017 Solar Eclipse

The following are helpful considerations for the solar eclipse preparation:

  • How to find the path of the eclipse

  • Unfortunately, the total eclipse can only be visible in some areas, but the fact that there will be one on U.S. soil is pretty exciting. To find out the actual path of the eclipse, you might want to download a special 3D simulation offered by NASA.

  • DO NOT look directly at the sun!

  • This is not the time to test whether or not you should defy your mother’s advice, because being a rebel and looking at the sun without the proper protective lenses could actually cause permanent damage to your eyes.

    If you didn’t have time to get your proper protective lenses that are being sold for ridiculous prices, then go old school and try making the old-fashioned solar eclipse glasses with your cereal box.

  • DO NOT ruin your camera!

  • Believe it or not, the sun can have a very significant damaging effect to more than just your own eyes. It can ruin your camera too! So be sure you’re using the right filter OR being mindful of the infrared rays that could do a lot of damage to your camera.

  • Watch out for weird happenings

  • There’s a lot of superstition about various things that could happen after a solar eclipse. For example, some Christians believe that the end of the world is to come and Oregon will be the first place to take the hit.

This could be a really beautiful experience to have with your family. If you can’t get lenses together before the eclipse, you might want to consider just getting together and experiencing it through some live streaming. Do your best not to miss it, but if you do, I heard there might be another one in about 7 years!

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