Today, August 21st, North Americans will be able to experience a Astronomic phenomenon, a total eclipse of the sun.
A solar eclipse is an extremely rare occurrence when the moon passes in between the sun and earth, completely obstructing the earth’s view of the sun. At the right distance, when the moon’s diameter is larger than the sun’s all direct sunlight is blocked out, turning day into darkness and thus making a total eclipse of the sun. It’s such a rare occurrence, the last eclipse like today’s was in 1979.
But as you may or may not know, staring directly into the sun during an eclipse is extremely dangerous and can cause permanent eye damage. If you were lucky enough to grab a pair of goofy looking, NASA-approved solar eclipse before they sold out in the GTA glasses then you should be fine staring at the sun.
If not, NASA has you covered, releasing this very handy guide on how to make a DIY solar eclipse viewer out of a cereal box.
If you are stuck in an office or somewhere you can’t leave, there are a number of live streams you can check out:
The best time to check out the eclipse here in Toronto should be just after 2:30 p.m. Stay safe and happy eclipse!
Image courtesy Robert Couse-Baker via Flickr