If you live in the United States (or southern Canada!), this Monday, August 21, is going to be a very special day! We are going to have the opportunity to see a solar eclipse from anywhere in the US! I am making this post for two reasons. I want you to be safe while viewing the eclipse. I want you to learn something amazing about our incredible solar system! "What do you mean, be safe?" Just because the sun is blocked out by the moon for a while, it is not safe to look at! You can damage your eyes permanently if you try to look at it without proper protection. This does NOT mean you can use sunglasses. You must use certified protective eyewear. Most large cities should have a place you can go to buy glasses suitable for looking directly at the sun without damaging your eyes. I got a pair for $4 at a local telescope shop. If you do not have the means to get a pair of protective eyewear, you can create a pinhole projector with relative ease using supplies you probably already have in your home. Here is a great video that shows you how. Ask your parents to help with this project, and make sure you face AWAY from the sun when viewing! If you have any of your own ideas or information to share, please do! This is going to be a beautiful and amazing event that you will remember forever. If you are in the United States, I would highly encourage you to take some time to see the eclipse this Monday. Be safe and enjoy it! c0w shamelessly borrows the following info from Wikipedia... On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible in totality within a band across the entire contiguous United States; it will only be visible in other countries as a partial eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon's apparent diameter is larger than the sun's, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometers wide. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire contiguous United States was during the June 8, 1918 eclipse, and not since the February 1979 eclipse has a total eclipse been visible from anywhere in the mainland United States. The path of totality will touch 14 states (although a partial eclipse will be visible in all fifty states), and 16% of the area of the United States. The event will begin on the Oregon coast as a partial eclipse at 9:06 a.m. PDT on August 21, and will end later that day as a partial eclipse along the South Carolina coast at about 4:06 p.m. EDT.