In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few months, there is a once in a lifetime event happening this coming Monday August 21th. For the first time since 1979, the moon will pass directly between the sun and the Earth and cast a shadow on the Earth. And, if you happen to be in the ‘path of totality’, you will enjoy 3 minutes or so of complete darkness. So, just to put this into perspective, the last time this happened Willie Stargell’s Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series and turn sports onto ‘We Are Family’ by Sister Sledge. Jimmy Carter was in the White House, it snowed in the Sahara Desert, the Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran after 15 year in exile, and 63 Americans were taken hostage at the US Embassy in Tehran. So, this is a big deal for a lot of people.
The Eclipse has stoked plenty of excitement and generated its own economy (yes, people selling eclipse glasses on Ebay for $900), but my guess is that once it is over, we’ll all be depressed and hungover and scared to face the next day. Trump will still be President after all. Crazy and rare naturally occurring events are a thing of wonder and beauty, so it’s okay to get over excited and trek out to Oregon or Idaho to get yourself into the path, but please heed this list of ‘Don’ts’ about watch the Eclipse. The Nasa website is also a good resource.
Don’t Miss Work to See the Eclipse
There will plenty of picture and videos available on the news or on social media for you to review, so don’t jeopardize your livelihood for the Eclipse.
Don’t Try to Profit Off it
Selling bogus Eclipse glasses or renting your house online by misrepresenting how close it is to the path are dishonest, morally corrupt, and really bad karma. Fraudsters are not making real contributions to the general good and this is why the world is in such a bad spot right now.
Don’t Take Pictures of It
This is a magical event and you spirit will be moved if you just keep your phone in your pocket and enjoy one of coolest events a human can witness. Let the pros take the photos and you can look at the online later, but during the Eclipse remember to be in the moment. You will get much more from it if you just relax an take it in.
Don’t Stare Too Long
Obviously, make sure the glasses you’re wearing are the real ones, and even then take care to look away every few seconds and give your eyes a rest. Even if you are wearing protective glasses you can damage your eyes so be careful, you're going to need your eye site long after the Eclipse is over.
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