Our future may be bright, but that’s not why we are wearing these shades. This coming Monday, August 21st our Bryson City and Brevard offices are in prime locations to observe the total solar eclipse. Below are some fun facts and quick tips about this rare celestial event, enjoy!
- Ditch your designer sunglasses! To safely observe the total solar eclipse you want to wear eclipse glasses. Homemade filters and ordinary sunglasses transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. Visit the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers page for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses.
- Are you in the path of the eclipse? Click here to check if you will be in a good location to view the eclipse and what time it will take place: https://goo.gl/YqyGts (Tip: use the map zoom in on your location and click once to view time and event details.)
- Bryson City Events: If you are looking for something fun to do be sure to check out the Bryson City 2017 Solar Eclipse events running all weekend long! They are having an ‘Eclipse Crawl,’ county fair style festival, a block party, live music and more.
- The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979. The next North American total solar eclipse will be in 2024.
- The longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds.