Easy and 'delicious' way to view the solar eclipse

Easy and 'delicious' way to view the solar eclipse

On Monday, August 21, those within the "totality" band across the entire contiguous United States will have the rare opportunity to witness the total solar eclipse first hand.

The Boys & Girls Club Aberdeen Area is kicking off its last summer session by viewing the solar eclipse.

The total eclipse will cut through only a 70-mile-wide band of the country, stretching from the Northwest to the Southeast US.

The brief period of time when the eclipse is in totality - when the moon completely covers the sun - is the only safe time to view the sun without protection. Other drivers may be attempting to watch the eclipse and drive at the same time. It also has a cool navigational feature to help you find the best route to get to the path of totality (where the moon will eclipse the sun 100 percent). Does your house, work, or school fall in the path of the total eclipse? That's the spot that's about 70 miles wide - from OR to SC - that is going to get to see the entire sun disappear behind the moon.

One of the main questions swirling around the internet lately is, is it safe to view a total solar eclipse? And all you will see around it is the chromosphere and the photosphere.

It is very unsafe to look at the sun during an eclipse because the sun outputs more power than the eye can handle, which damages the retina.

If you'll be staying in Boulder for the event, the partial eclipse will begin around 10:23 a.m. and end around 1:13 p.m.

Eclipse glasses are fitted with a solar filter that blocks out enough light for you to safely look at the sun.

The group recommends talking with an expert astronomer if anyone wishes to use a special solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars or other viewing device.

The first 500 guests will get a pair of solar viewing glasses.

If you're in an area where you actually see the total eclipse...

But, aside from the fact that it hasn't happened in decades in the continental US, why is this eclipse getting people so excited?

During the event, tours of the observatory will be provided and attendees will be allowed to view the eclipse through the new telescope.