1.6 min readBy Published On: August 19th, 2017Categories: News4 Comments on Total Solar Eclipse: What to know

So in case you missed it, there’s a total solar eclipse happening on Monday and the whole world is going bananas over it!  It’s the first eclipse of its kind since 1979 – probably before many of you were born – not me, but many of you I’m sure.  The eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21 and will start around 1pm and end by 4pm. The longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds.  So you don’t want to miss it.  But for the love of God, do NOT look up at it with the naked eye! You need protection!

The library was giving out free eclipse glasses but ran out.  Evidently you can order them on Amazon but because they are such a hot commodity some of them are pricey, out of stock and some of them are not even ISO compliant so you might buy unsafe glasses and accidentally burn your eyes out.  If you really can go blind from starting at the eclipse why has the government not issued special glasses for everyone to wear?  You know someone is gonna stare at it without them, right?  So what they heck do you do? Well, you can make a homemade pinhole projector out of a cereal box.  You can find out how to make one here. You might look ridiculous using it but at least you won’t go blind.  Here’s another example of how to make one too.  

You can also just just watch it on Nasa’s website or look at a picture of it social media – I’m sure there will be thousands of them.  If you do take part in viewing the eclipse, I recommend listing to the 80’s hit Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler.  You’re welcome.

Remember, just don’t stare directly at it without taking precautions!  That is all! 



  1. Rusty S, August 20, 2017 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Terrible advice to suggest people make their own devices. You’re responsible for the people who go blind in Southie if they make it wrong. Take this down before any kids see this horrible advice and try it themselves. What’s wrong with people these days?

    • Maureen Dahill August 20, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      It is advice recommended by NASA. You can read about it here. https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/how-to-make-a-pinhole-camera/ To blame us for people going blind is kinda outrageous. Having a homemade device is better than a kid staring up directly at it too.

    • Typical Millenial August 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Yes, take this down before more luxury condos get built.

  2. Kevin August 20, 2017 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Here’s some advice. Sit in a neighborhood bar all afternoon. The sun won’t make you blind.

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