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We hope you enjoyed it!
is coming to
North America!

It’s the Great North American Eclipse!
...and we want everyone to see it!
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The world is coming to North America to see an eclipse! – Are your eclipse glasses safe?

PLEASE NOTE - and provide glasses that are made by the same REPUTABLE companies: Rainbow Symphony and American Paper Optics.  Everything you read below about applies equally to! (From just before the 2017 eclipse): We are getting the question about safety a lot, now that the news media has come out with lots of stories about counterfeit or knockoff brand glasses, and the dangers of using...

I have to drive a long way to be in the path. Why should I go to all that trouble?

If you go, you will understand. It is simply the most unbelievable thing you can ever experience in your life. If you stay home, then nothing we can say will convince you that you should've gone. Please trust someone who's seen thirteen of these, on all continents - don't miss it!

Will I be able to get into a viewing area?

Rules will be set up by each community's security officials and governments, and will host a community page dedicated to the plans each individual community is making. If you want to get into an official viewing area, and plan ahead, you should be able to. So long as you are in the path of totality, and you have good weather, you will be able to see and experience totality.

I live in the path! Can I watch it from my house?

Absolutely!! You are incredibly lucky, and you should invite lots of friends over. Please read as much as you can about the eclipse (we'll have a page up soon on how to host an eclipse party!), and get enough pairs of eclipse glasses for all the people you'll invite to experience it with you. An eclipse is even better if shared with a few hundred of your closest friends! Eclipse...

How do I take pictures of the eclipse?

We have a page dedicated to eclipse photography, and you can get lots more information both there and on our eclipse links page.  The bottom line is: Unless you have special solar filters for your camera and telescope, you can't even set up for pictures like this - the heat of the sun will melt your lenses (not to mention your eyes)! If you want to pull out a point...

Should I take my kids out of school to see the total eclipse?

Many schools are going to be in session on April 8, and if your kid goes to one that is NOT in the path, you might want to think about taking them out of school to see totality. Not sure that you want to do that?  We understand.  But consider this personal message, from the webmaster of I am not a teacher, though I hold a High School Math...

What will the eclipse be like in (any location not in the path)?

We had a question about where the best viewing location would be in Hawaii.  But Hawaii is not in the path of totality, so from there one will only see a partial eclipse.  This means they have to use eye protection for the whole eclipse.  For the partial eclipse in Hawaii, pretty much anywhere is as good as anyplace else, as long as the weather is good. And that goes...

Can I bring my pets to watch the eclipse?

NO! Animals will be scared senseless by the eclipse, and you will want to be enjoying it instead of trying to calm your crazed critters. Everyone around you will not want to be bothered by your animals either, so please leave them at home. Again, you have to take the word of people who have seen many of these - the dogs and cats will NOT like it! In fact,...

Can’t I just drive to somewhere in the path, get out and watch the eclipse wherever I end up?

Technically, you'll be able to see totality from anywhere in the path. The closer you are to the center of the path, the longer totality will be for you. If this is your first eclipse, it would be a good plan to try and get as close to that centerline (The blue line on the map above) as possible. However, you should also be respectful of where you choose to...

How fast is the shadow moving across the continent during the eclipse?

A great question! The Moon does indeed "carry" its shadow along with it, as it moves in its orbit around the Earth. And whenever that shadow happens to scrape across the Earth, we have a total eclipse!  (Of course, you have to be in the Path of Totality to see the total eclipse, and you have to use eye protection whenever the eclipse is not total - regardless of whether...