There’s a solar eclipse on Saturday — are you ready?
This Saturday, Oct. 14, a “Ring of Fire” eclipse will be visible across much of the U.S., from Oregon to Texas. Even if you’re not in the eclipse’s direct path, you’ll have a chance to see a partial eclipse — but to view it safely, you’ll need eclipse viewing glasses.
According to NASA, a “Ring of Fire” eclipse occurs once a year when the moon reaches the part of its orbit that’s furthest away from Earth. Because the moon is farther away than it would be during a total solar eclipse, it doesn’t block out the entire sun. Instead, it leaves a bright ring of the sun visible during the eclipse — that’s where the name “Ring of Fire” comes from.
The “Ring of Fire” will be visible in a narrow path that stretches from Oregon to Texas, as well as parts of Mexico, Central America, and South America. But outside of the path, people will still be able to see a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers part of the sun without creating the “Ring of Fire” effect. That should be viewable everywhere in the U.S., as long as the sky is clear.
Don’t view the eclipse without glasses for safety
Lunt Solar Systems
Whether you’re in the total eclipse’s path or just hoping to catch sight of a partial eclipse, you need eclipse viewing glasses — otherwise, viewing the eclipse can cause serious damage to your vision.
This 10-pack of premium solar eclipse glasses is NASA-approved for safe, direct-sun viewing during an eclipse. They filter out all of the sun’s ultraviolet and infrared rays, as well as 99% of its intense visible light. And they’re so popular that 80,000 people have purchased them from Amazon so far this month alone — making them a top seller during Amazon Big Deal Days even though they aren’t part of the sale.
Be ready for the 2024 total solar eclipse
Lunt Solar Systems
In just a few months, a total solar eclipse will pass over the United States.
On April 8, 2024, the total solar eclipse will start its path in Mexico and then will become visible in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine throughout the day.
Whether you’re in the path of the total solar eclipse, traveling to see it, or hoping to see a partial eclipse, you’ll need eclipse viewing glasses for that, too.
More ways to safely view an eclipse
These kids’ size glasses are a must if you have kids who want to view the eclipse. They’re NASA-approved and certified for keeping eyes safe while viewing the sun.
For a closer look, get these protective binoculars, which provide 8×32 magnification for the best view of the sun — and the eclipse — while still keeping your eyes safe.
This family pack includes NASA-approved and certified viewing glasses in both kids and adult sizes, so you can make sure to protect your whole family’s eyes during the upcoming eclipse.
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