On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible (weather permitting) across all of North America. A truly awe-inspiring event, a solar eclipse is when the moon blocks any part of the sun from our view. The face of the sun is covered gradually by the moon during a partial eclipse, lasting a few hours and during a brief period, we will experience a total eclipse when the moon fully covers the sun—turning day into night!
Watching a solar eclipse is a memorable experience, but looking directly at the sun can seriously damage your eyes. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, staring at the sun for even a short time without wearing the right eye protection can damage your retina permanently. It can even cause blindness, called solar retinopathy. Ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, or homemade filters are not safe for looking at the sun.
Because of this risk, and the curiosity and temptation to look at this much anticipated eclipse, Big Blue Marble Academy has decided to prohibit all locations from outdoor activity on this day. We will plan fun activities throughout the day that are themed around the phenomenon of the eclipse.
While our students will be inside – here are some safety tips from NASA if you happen to be out during this time.