The Total Solar Eclipse – Be There!
“Before you die, you owe it to yourself to see a total solar eclipse.”
David Baron is an umbraphile. He is an eclipse chaser.
Many years ago he was advised by a total stranger to see a total solar eclipse before he died. Although he thought this an odd demand from someone he didn’t know, he decided to see what it was all about. So he chased his first total eclipse in Aruba in 1998. The experience transformed him and he became an official umbraphile. Now he travels to all parts of the world to experience this incredible event, which lasts less than 3 minutes.
See if this video convinces you to make the journey on August 21, 2017. Make the effort. If you find it as awesome as David Baron makes it sound, leave a comment below and share your experience.
- Locate the precise spot to watch this special event – use this interactive solar eclipse map – http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/TSE_2017_GoogleMapFull.html
- Make sure to get the proper glasses before looking at the sun. They should be approved by the American Astronomical Society. Here’s a link to safe vendors – https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.
- Some libraries are giving them out. Here is a list of libraries that may have free ISO-compliant safe solar eclipse glasses – http://spacescience.org/software/libraries/map.php.