This coming Monday, August 21st will be the first total solar eclipse to be visible in majority of North America in 38 years and everyone is abuzz about it! This event is a once in a lifetime experience, and a great opportunity to organize a casual event with your residents! Have some eclipse glasses available, put "Total Eclipse of the Heart" on loop and stand outside when the eclipse will be visible in your location!
A reminder of some safety tips, straight from NASA:
"NASA recommends that people who plan to view the eclipse should check the safety authenticity of viewing glasses to ensure they meet basic proper safety viewing standards.
Eclipse viewing glasses and handheld solar viewers should meet all the following criteria:
Have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard
Have the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on the product
Not be used if they are older than three years, or have scratched or wrinkled lenses
Not use homemade filters
Ordinary sunglasses -- even very dark ones -- should not be used as a replacement for eclipse viewing glasses or handheld solar viewers
An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially-eclipsed Sun is with a pinhole projector. With this method, sunlight streams through a small hole – such as a pencil hole in a piece of paper, or even the space between your fingers – onto a makeshift screen, such as a piece of paper or the ground. It’s important to only watch the screen, not the Sun. Never look at the Sun through the pinhole -- it is not safe."
And don't forget about your fur babies! Don't let your animals outside during the eclipse time frame on Monday unless you can strap some protective eye wear to them, because they could incur eye damage as well.
Have fun & be safe everyone!