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4 Most Important Things to Consider During the 2017 Total Eclipse

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!

Karlyn Bishop

Karlyn Bishop

Karlyn Bishop is the proud mommy to little Oliver and wife to hubby. She is a resident of Laguna Beach and a big player in the web's large social media circle.


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  • I wish we had a better view of the eclipse. But it is good to know that we won’t have to wait that long for the next one. Not 99 years anyway! My kids school did a great job educating the kids on eclipse safety. Plus they got the kids the glasses and that helped a lot.

  • I’m a Christian. While we are given signs to show us we are closer to the end times, we do not know the exact hour (or day) that Jesus will return. Guess all you want, people! I really enjoyed the eclipse, even though I had no plans of experiencing it. I think I most enjoyed the excitement in my hubby as he made viewing boxes for us.

  • It was really cool looking at the eclipse on television. We couldn’t see anything here due to the weather. I’ll be more prepared when it happens again in 2024, I’m hoping we can get a great view then. I’ll be sure to keep your awesome tips in mind

  • I was really excited for the eclipse but was not really aware of so many things happening! I am in Florida and my neighbors were so excited about this event, they bought me special glasses!

  • The eclipse was such fun today! We homeschool, so I made up a printable of the weird things to look for, and we measured the temperature before and during the eclipse. It dropped 11 degrees! We got to see crescents in the shade, and the eerie feeling before totality, and it was overall a fabulous experience! We used some super dark welding lenses my husband bought (he’s a welder) that we made sure fit NASA’s guidelines.

  • My mom was really looking forward to seeing this and she got her hopes up only to be let down. It was too cloudy here so she could not see it and she was prepared too. I was laughing at her about being so into it but I thought it would be cool to see something happen but once again nothing. We never see these things, it’s always too cloudy for us.

  • These are all such great tips! There has been so much information out there that it’s been confusing abut what to believe or where to find accurate information. Thank you for providing such a great one stop resource!

  • I’m so excited for the eclipse! I have many family members in Oregon in the path of totality – I’m in California so we won’t get the total but about 77% which isn’t too bad! Your list is great – terrific information to prepare!

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Karlyn Bishop

Karlyn Bishop

Karlyn Bishop is the proud mommy to little Oliver and wife to hubby. She is a resident of Laguna Beach and a big player in the web's large social media circle.