Last Minute Ways to Watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Today is the day that has had North America buzzing for weeks: The solar eclipse of 2017. This is the first time a solar eclipse has happened in the US since 1979! Many have traveled to be in the path of totality for the event, however there are many spots where you’ll see great coverage. Here in Indianapolis we’ll see more than 90% coverage. (At least, if the clouds stay away!)

(Image from NASA.gov)

 

While it might be too late to grab some NASA certified glasses to view the eclipse, there are a few other ways that you can participate!

  • Build a pinhole viewer: If you don’t have special glasses to view the eclipse, many are warning people not to look at the sun unless you are in an area where totality will occur. Instead, try making a homemade viewer to watch the eclipse safely.
  • Watch NASA’s Live Stream: If you’re unable to leave the office, check out the Live footage that NASA will be posting from video feeds from eclipse jets, spacecraft, high-altitude balloons, specially modified telescopes, and from aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Check out the YouTube page, Facebook Live Feed, or their unscripted NASA Edge stream.
  • CNN:  They will have a 360 view from different locations along the eclipse’s path. Watch it live here.

Also a word of caution:  If you plan on photographing the eclipse, you’ll definitely need a solar filter for your lens. The suns rays can be magnified through your telescopic lens, ruining your camera’s sensor. Check out this article that was recently posted on Fstoppers that shows the damage that can happen and also this article with tips on how to properly photograph it.

What are some ways that you are participating in the eclipse today?

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