Have you heard about THE biggest celestial event of science coming up on August 21st?
For the first time since 1918, a Total Solar Eclipse will cross the entire continental U.S. This will be a first for most of the U.S. population and the entire country will get the opportunity to witness this phenomenon. Trust me when I say, you WILL want to participate and take part in the celebration.
If you are fortunate enough to be in the path of totality, awesome! If you’re part of the crew traveling to the “zone” I hope the experience is more than you can even imagine and wish you safe travels.
For the rest of us taking part, don’t fret; you, too, can celebrate this important event even from the comfort of your own home. Kick off total eclipse day with a bang and make the day memorable with these fun ideas:
Take a Selfie with the Sun: Capture a memory of the day by snapping a photo with the Sun in the background. Throughout the day you’ll notice small changes to the suns appearance and can likely capture a few beautiful shots. Do not look directly at the sun (it’s dangerous) you’ll need solar eye protection. A word of advice, do not spend the two minutes of the eclipse trying to take a photo, you’ll miss out on the ‘moment’.
Live Stream and Watch: Twelve states are in the path of totality; the rest of us will only be able to see a partial eclipse. You can still be part of this amazing experience even if you’re not in the zone. Stream and watch the total eclipse online; visit NASA’s website and get the scoop on the Total Solar Eclipse Mega Cast they’ll be hosting. https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream
Host a Party: What better excuse for a party! Invite your closest friends and family and help them experience this exciting event. Go with a celestial theme, set-up equipment for the live stream, put together a moon and sun playlist and don’t forget to serve the ever nostalgic moon-pies. The rarity of this event makes it a perfect time for creating memories with those you love.
Join the Convo Online: For those flying solo, connect with others online in groups dedicated to the total eclipse event or participate in the Twitter Chat. Many people will be sharing their photos and experiences, connect with them and be part of the conversation.
Plan a Picnic and Craft with the Kids: This is a wonderful moment to share with your kids. Set aside everything else and plan a day dedicated to making this day memorable for them, too. Bring the awe and wonder of the day by sharing fun facts about the total eclipse, making an eclipse craft (DIY solar viewers are popular) and plan a picnic that your entire family will enjoy. If they’re old enough, this could be one of those magical memories that they’ll bring with them into adulthood.
Don’t let the day pass you by without celebration, it truly is a remarkable occurrence and you should be part of this moment in history. So take the day off work, order those solar viewing glasses and get the countdown started.
How will you be celebrating August 21st, 2017?