Solar Eclipse: What to do Aug. 21

On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, the moon will pass in front of the sun and cast a shadow on all of North America, coast-to-coast, for the first time since 1918. Solar eclipses occur when the moon blocks any part of the sun and – weather permitting – the entire continent will see this once-in-a-lifetime eclipse. (The next total eclipse for United States observers is on April 8, 2024, visible only in the eastern half of the country.)

Arizona will see a 63% solar eclipse, starting at 9:14 a.m. and ending at 12 p.m. The max eclipse will take place at 10:34 a.m.

It is never safe to look at the sun with the naked eye. Viewing it without the correct eye protection risks permanent eye damage or blindness. Safe techniques for viewing the solar eclipse are listed on NASA’s website. Regular sunglasses do not offer your eyes sufficient protection and still risk permanent eye damage or blindness if used during a solar eclipse.

On Monday during the eclipse, all ASU Prep students will remain inside unless they are under a teacher's supervision with safety instructions and certified eclipse glasses.

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