If you haven’t heard already, today at 2:32 p.m. EST, North America will see its first solar eclipse in over 40 years. This is an incredibly rare astrological event that many people may never get the chance to experience in their lifetime.
For Canadian’s this eclipse brings with it a catch as it will only be a partial eclipse for us North of the border. That means a few things. One is that Canadians won’t get the full experience unless you are able to make the drive down the United States. Second is that because it is not a full eclipse, it can actually be very dangerous to stare directly at the sun. In order to get around this potentially blinding hurdle, there are a few options.
One is to purchase NASA approved eclipse glasses which can be purchased online. These are selling fast and it is incredibly important to make sure that they are approved as some do not filter out ultraviolet light which is what makes staring at the sun so dangerous.
If you are unable to get your hands on these hot glasses you do have a couple other options. If you have a pair welding shades lying around your house with a shade of 12 or higher than you are good! Otherwise, you may need to resort to some DIY workmanship.
Some universities and parks will receive visitors who want to enjoy this show while sharing with friends and family. Make of this a great excuse to have a Monday picnic at your nearest park. Fill your TruBlue canvas backpack with snacks, drinks, you favourite picnic-blanket and enjoy this once in a lifetime event.
However way you end up experiencing this moment it will be defined by the people you are with and the memories and conversations that are created. This is one of those moments in life that you will talk about around a campfire 20 years from now saying “where were you during the eclipse”. Make sure embrace it and make the memory last.
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