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November, 2016 Archives

How do I take pictures of the eclipse?

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 and shoot during totality, be advised that … Read More »



How do I look at the Sun without going blind?

This is a biggie. You CANNOT look at the Sun while ANY PART of its bright disk is still visible. The moon does cover quite a bit of it during the partial phases leading up to totality, but you HAVE to use special solar viewing glasses (also called “eclipse … Read More »



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

Technically, you’ll be able to see totality from anywhere in the path.

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The closer you are to the center of the path, the longer totality will be for you. If … Read More »



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 … Read More »



How do I bring my kids? They’ll be in school that day!

Get them out of school. The school will probably not let them watch it anyway, due to liability concerns, and you as their parent are their first and best teacher. Get yourself out of work, and get them out of school. Get to the path, make a long weekend … Read More »



Will I be able to get into a viewing area?

Rules will be set up by each community’s security officials and governments. But if you want to get into an official viewing area, you should be able to.

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So a lot of people will show up to see this eclipse?

You bet. There are literally thousands of people from all over the world who chase these things, every eclipse, no matter where. They go to the deserts of Mongolia, to cruise ships in the South Pacific, to remote areas of Indonesia, Angola, Australia, and even the Antarctic to catch … Read More »



I’m not in the path. Where exactly should I go to watch it?

At www.eclipse2017.org, we will have the locations of all the official viewing areas that have been set up by the local communities in the path. Hopefully there will be a lot of these, and they will be set up with security and eclipse viewing glasses so you can safely … Read More »



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 see our viewing tips, 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 … Read More »



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 twelve of these, on all continents – don’t miss … Read More »



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