Tips for Viewing the Partial Solar Eclipse On 8-21-17

Posted by Kent Redding on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at 1:59pm

 

By the Kent Redding Group

AUSTIN, TX. – One of the biggest events of the year in Texas isn’t just the Austin Texas Music Festival, it’s the coming partial solar eclipse which will be happening on Monday 8-21-17 from 11:40 am to just after 1:00 pm.

How to View the Partial Solar Eclipse

Other states from Oregon to New York will be fortunate to view a full solar eclipse but in Austin, we will get to view a partial eclipse.

Thankfully, viewing a particle solar eclipse will be easy if you follow these simple tips:

  •   Never look at the Sun directly without protective eye gear. Even sunglasses cannot protect your eyes from the damage the Sun's rays can do to them.
  •   Always keep your back towards the Sun while looking at a pinhole projection.
  •   Do not look at the Sun through the pinhole.

Getting Ready for The Partial Solar Eclipse

Partial solar eclipses don’t happen very often, so the coming eclipse will be a perfect opportunity for schools and parents to educate their children about how eclipses work.

Elementary students will watch a live broadcast in the classroom. Students in grades 6-12th will be given approved eclipse glasses to watch outside. At Westlake, High School they are even having a viewing event at their stadium. Dillon Finan is an instructional partner for STEM education. He came up with the idea, hoping to get students involved and tie it into lesson plans.

"For social studies, you can put it into sort of a cultural context - how different cultures viewed the eclipse in the past. I know physics is going to look at how light bends around the moon and creates the corona, and the physics behind that. So, different courses are going to be looking at it in different ways," said Dillon Finan, instructional partner for STEM education, Westlake High School.

Learn More About Life in Austin Texas

To learn more about the coming partial solar eclipse, life in Austin, or to view homes for sale, contact the Kent Redding Group today by calling us at (512) 306-1001 or click here to connect with us online.

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