About the Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse


Solar Eclipse

Hannah Butler, Writer

     Monday, August 21, 2017 is an exciting day for most. It is the day of the solar eclipse. If you are in the path of totality, which is the path of where you can see the eclipse, you will be lucky enough to witness this special event. The last total solar eclipse happened February 26, 1979. It’s a pretty rare occurrence so it’s no surprise that most people in North America are so excited.

     Not only most in North America can see it though. Europe and Africa will have a chance to experience the eclipse as well. There is a difference between a partial and total eclipse. A partial eclipse is where anywhere in America you will be able to see the moon only cover part of the sun. If you’re in the path of totality, then the moon will completely cover the sun. This is what results in a total eclipse.

     If you are wanting to view the eclipse in action though, you have to wear special protective glasses. Looking at the eclipse without the proper glasses is a dangerous thing to do. There is a high chance that you can lose your eyesight from looking directly at it.

     The solar eclipse is a very rare thing to experience in your life. The event is exciting, but always make sure to stay safe and use the correct protective gear.