The eclipse is coming. The event that so many people are talking about and thrilled about.
And guess what?
We are going to miss it.
THE event is happening on August 21, 2017 and the projected path will be going right over Brevard, NC.
But where will we be?
We will be recovering from THE REAL BIG EVENT. Our son Micah and his beautiful Wendy will be getting married in Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 20th so we will be far, far away from the optimal eclipse viewing area.
It seems the country has gone a bit eclipse crazy. T shirts, viewing glasses, special eclipse events and more are all flooding any area that appears to be in the prime viewing area path. I must admit I am a little sad that we won’t be able to join in on some of the festivities surrounding the eclipse but I suspect “our” event will be more thrilling for us.
So what do you need to know about the eclipse? Here are a few helpful links.
You will be able to see the eclipse from anywhere in the US but the viewing of the total eclipse follows a specific path. Brevard is on that path. If you want to see the best viewing and time in your area this site allows you to enter your zip code for more information. Just click here to go to the Vox.com website to learn more.
In Brevard,NC the eclipse will peak at 2:37:52 EDT and the moon will obscure 100% of the sun.
Another site Eclipse2017.org offers a bit more info on the eclipse locally including a projected time of total eclipse of 1 minute and 4 seconds.
Weather.gov has a great site with a lot of information about the eclipse so you may want to check this link out as well for more eclipse information.
Now the most important thing to be safe when viewing the eclipse is to have the correct glasses for safe viewing. According to NASA there are some unsafe glasses out there. NASA has issued this information:
You’ll need a special pair of glasses certified by ISO and manufactured by these NASA-approved companies:
- American Paper Optics
- Rainbow Symphony
- Thousand Oaks Optical
- TSE 17
NASA also wants you to follow four simple tips when viewing the eclipse.
Don’t reuse old glasses. Unsafe after 3 years.
If lenses have scratches, don’t use.
If lenses are wrinkled, not safe for viewing the eclipse.
- U.S. manufacturers recommended.
Info from WBTV.com
My friend Marci alerted me to an app that she put on her iPhone that gives even more precise information about the eclipse. It is called the Solar Eclipse Timer app. If you are interested in that app it is available here.
Chris and I both remember watching one in school when we were younger (1970) and making those pinhole viewers to safely watch it. So to all of you who will be viewing the eclipse –happy and safe viewing. Enjoy and please report back to me what you see. I can’t wait to hear all about it. This eclipse will have to occur without us. Tell me, what are your plans for August 21st?
And because I just can’t leave this post alone here is what runs through my head when I hear talk of the total eclipse of the sun.
You are welcome.
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I remember a total eclipse years ago when we were visiting my grandma in Germany. It was so eerie. The sky changed to a weird milky color, the. It’s stopped chirping and it was so so quiet. Very odd.
Very odd indeed! Neat that you remember it and the feelings surrounding it. Thanks for stopping by.
I will be in Calgary staying with a friend. Not sure if we will be able to see it there. Your event is so much more important! They won´t forget the date. The year of the total eclipse!
Thanks, Darlene. I know you will be excited to be in Calgary during that time! And yes—this will definitely be a year to remember!
Altogether-“And I need you now tonight and I need you more than ever!’ Amazing that Brevard is in the path of total eclipse and you’ll be where?!?! No I know your event is much much more, on every level, much more joy and family, and new beginnings and much more celebration! But still…oh well,it could rain here on Aug 21 and be cloudy so who knows. I’m more excited about your wedding event
Here in Helena we will be at 95% viewing. Of course, I could travel 6 hours south to Idaho Falls for 100% and a chance to eat at Jack-in-the-Box!
🙂 Well I am not sure if a 6 hour drive and Jack – in – the -Box is worth it but maybe!
I bet in the excitement of the wedding, you will forget all about it.
We have family who are missing the annual family reunion because of the eclipse. They live in Missouri and have friends traveling from Texas to view the event with them. Never mind that the reunion is on a Saturday and the eclipse on Monday.
It is such a big event for so many people and yes—Missouri is in the prime viewing path area so I can understand why they have folks coming for it. Sounds like they are going to be making a long weekend celebration around it.
Oops missed it… Maybe next time!
You know I’m excited! Just, please, everyone, pray for a sunny day here in Brevard and Cedar Mountain, NC!!!! No clouds. No rain. No thunderstorms. Just sun, sun, sun!
Start praying now for sun!
A family wedding eclipses an eclipse. Did they know about the eclipse when they set the date?
I think so as well! And I doubt they even knew about the eclipse when they set the date—-with work schedules and trying to get people able to attend it was more about when it would be a good date for everyone I am sure.
I’m going to my brother’s in O’Fallon, Mo to see the eclipse and I’ve ordered 12 pairs of glasses to make sure I have plenty to share. But honestly, Dubrovnik is soooo beautiful and a son’s wedding is soooo special, I’d much rather do what you’re doing. Congratulations to all.
Thanks, Laura! I am sure I won’t even be thinking about the eclipse at all. This is going to be an amazing trip.