Fact: You Can Go Blind.
As much as you might want to look up and see the solar eclipse, we highly don’t recommend it. It’s very dangerous for your eyes. LiveScience.com says the condition is called solar retinopathy. It’s caused by the bright light from the son flooding the retina on the back of your eyeball. Over-stimulation releases chemicals which can damage the retina. Would you know it’s happening? Nope. It’s painless. That’s why we highly recommend looking online for solar eclipse glasses or shades that will make it possible for you to see the eclipse without getting that retina ruined.
Fact: Your Pet Might Get a Wee Weird.
Yes, your pet might get a little loopy during an eclipse. But don’t worry too much. The four-legged family member will just assume that it’s a nightmare. When it gets dark, the animal will go on with their nightly rituals and settle in for what they think is bed time. When the sun comes back out, they animals resume their daily daytime routines as usual.
Myth: The Solar Eclipse will Harm Pregnant Women
The solar eclipse won’t harm the little bun in the oven. That’s a myth. The sun is merely being covered so there is less of its light shining on Earth. “At a solar eclipse, the sun is merely being covered, so there is less of its light shining on Earth. There is no way that could affect pregnancy or labor,” explained Jay Pasachoff, Chair of the Working Group on Solar Eclipses of the International Astronomical Union.
Myth: The Moon Will Turn Black
Nope. The moon doesn’t turn black. But the moon will appear black once it is directly in front of the sun, but it’s not because it is actually, physically turning black. The black moon is nothing more than an illusion, as confirmed by NASA themselves.
When and Where
The eclipse is expected to happen just after noon EST on August 21st. You can find the precise times here in a handy Solar Eclipse 2017 Guide.
It will be streamed live on NASA’s website beginning at 12 pm EST. The stream will cover the path from NASA aircrafts, satellites, and telescopes. Find more information here.