On August 21, parts of the US will experience a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is when the disk of the moon totally blocks the disk of the sun. That means that the skies over a number of states will totally darken - this only happens every couple of years, which makes it a worth while experience and a lot of fun to get ready for!
Where can you see the solar eclipse?
The path of this year's total solar eclipse is about 70 miles wide and stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. Other states in which the solar eclipse can be seen are: Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. Timing and duration of the total eclipse depend on your location but at most the eclipse will last about 2 minutes and 50 seconds. Cities worth to making the trip to with your little ones are Nashville, TN, Columbia, SC, Idaho Falls ID, Clayton GA, Madras, OR and a number of other smaller metropolitan areas. This map by NASA will give you more details on length and timing of the total eclipse depending on your location.
How can you and your little ones get ready for it?
It's super important that you and your children wear proper eye wear for the eclipse. You can either purchase glasses here or build your own solar eclipse viewer. Or just attend a Make a Pinhole event! That will definitely make a fun activity! Note that when the disk of the moon has completely covered the disk of the sun it is safe to look at the eclipse with the naked eye.
What other fun activities can you do around the total solar eclipse?
Attend a solar eclipse celebration!! We are excited for Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at the Los Angeles Public Library or the Music City Solar Eclipse Festival in Nashville. There are plenty of other fun events across the country: The Griffith Observatory in LA for example is hosting a view for the 62% partial eclipse and the Elizabeth Public Library in NJ is hosting a presentation to celebrate the 71% partial eclipse. More celebrations and events can be found here!