Safely watch the Eclipse on Monday, August 21st with these safety tips.  

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Eclipse 2017

Eclipse 2017

Friday, Aug 18, 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of America will experience a solar eclipse. Some areas will witness a total eclipse (when the moon entirely covers the sun); other regions will witness a partial eclipse.

Our area is expected to experience a 76% eclipse, with the moon beginning to cover the sun at 9:01 a.m., reaching maximum coverage at 10:15 a.m., and then moving away from the sun at 11:37 a.m.

Some of our districts and schools have made plans for students to go outside and watch the eclipse using special solar eclipse glasses and/or cards for pinhole viewing. Please contact your school to find out specific plans.

The precautions that students who will be viewing the eclipse will be taking are outlined in the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safety sheet found below provided by the American Astronomical Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association and the National Science Foundation. You can find more information about eclipse viewing safety on NASA’s website at

An eclipse is a rare and striking phenomenon. In viewing the eclipse, it is important to carefully follow safety procedures. It is vital that viewers protect their eyes at all times by using proper solar filters, not staring continuously at the sun, and taking breaks to give eyes a rest. Do not use sunglasses as they do not offer eyes sufficient protection. The only acceptable glasses are safe viewers designed for looking at the sun and solar eclipses.

If you have any additional questions about the eclipse, or your students’ participation in viewing the event, please contact your students' school.

Viewing Safety Sheet

Safety Sheet for Viewing the Eclipse provided by NASA