The Great American Total Solar Eclipse will darken the skies across the United States, from Oregon to North and South Carolina this August 21st. Enjoy the solar event safely with your family with these solar eclipse tips courtesy of Nasa.com.
The sun, the moon, and the earth will line up perfectly for the first time in 99 years! Many Beazer homeowners are in the path of totality including our communities in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Solar eclipse 2017 is set to start at 1:23 pm and continue through 4 pm. Here are a few things we want you to keep in mind during the solar eclipse to keep everyone in your family safe during the solar event:
- Don’t view through your phone– Watching the solar eclipse through your cell phone is not a good idea. It can actually damage your phone as much as it can cause damage to your “macula” causing a serious burn to the back of the eye. Be sure to look into special tools you will need for your phone to avoid damage to your phones and your eyes.
- Stay off the roads– Many road constructions have been stopped to ease traffic jams, but you can’t control the reaction of drivers when the sky darkens in the middle of the day. Highway signs have been programmed with tips on how to drive safely during the solar eclipse. Some safe driving tips include do not slam on your brakes out of fear from the sky darkening, do not photograph the solar eclipse while driving, and if you must pull over, exit the highway and find a public place to park to avoid causing accidents.
- Keep animals indoors– Mammals have the same retina eyes as we do. Be sure to protect your furry family members too and keep them indoors during the solar eclipse hours.
- Make a Pinhole Projector– Solar eclipse glasses may be hard to come by. Many stores have sold out quickly, but Nasa has a great video tutorial of how to make this simple solar eclipse viewing tool at home by just using a few simple materials.
- Watch the NASA Live Stream– When in doubt, leave it to the pros! NASA will be Live streaming the solar eclipse event. Have a solar eclipse party in your living room where your whole family can watch safely.
For more tips on Solar Eclipse 2017 visit NASA.com and be sure to follow the hashtag #Eclipse2017 on social media!