I am no astronomer, but I can’t let this (almost) total solar eclipse slip by. And since I am not an astronomer or a scientist, I will refer you to NASA’s very comprehensive eclipse site https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/
Total Solar Eclipse
On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.
Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk. This is the category that the Memphis area falls into. We will have 94% totality which will make it pretty dark here. Check this NASA link for the path of the eclipse and the best way to view it based on your location. To check on the % of totality and the time of the eclipse in your exact location, check this link.
Time Magazine posted a cool article based on how the eclipse will look based on your location.
Don’t watch without eye protection!
You must have the necessary approved eye protection to watch any part of the eclipse. Really, this event is not worth going blind for. Probably the best overview of eye protection can be found in this post from the TODAY Show.
I have some eclipse glasses available for my readers and friends, ISO 12312-2, made by American Paper Optics of Bartlett, TN. (#1 on TODAY’s list). If you are reading this and need glasses, give me a call or text and I will figure out how to get some to you. Since the eclipse is partial here, you must wear eye protection for all viewing.