On Monday, August 21, 2017 towns throughout the United States will have the opportunity of a lifetime to see a total solar eclipse. According to NASA, “for a total eclipse to take place, the sun, moon and Earth must be in a direct line. A total solar eclipse is only visible from a small area on Earth. The people who see the total eclipse are in the center of the moon’s shadow when it hits Earth. The sky becomes very dark, as if it were night.”
While solar eclipses happen fairly often around the world, this one is particularly grand because it will span from coast to coast. People across America will get to experience this natural wonder. The best place to view the total solar eclipse will be along the path of totality (see below).
We want to stress to you the importance of safety when viewing and capturing the solar eclipse. You want to make sure to have the right gear and protection. An accredited solar filter is needed for capturing the eclipse. Never point your camera at the sun without it. Capturing an eclipse without the use of a solar filter can ruin your camera in just a few seconds. Use of a neutral density (ND) filter will not work, no matter of how many stops it is. They do not block UV radiation and do not provide protection for your eyes or equipment.
A pair of approved solar filtration glasses will be needed to view it. Never look at the sun without eye protection. Another thing to remember is to use your cameras LCD screen at all times, use of your camera’s viewfinder without proper protection can lead to serious injury. Permanent, irreversible eye damage and/or blindness can result in seconds.
Once you have all the right protection we hope you get out and enjoy this spectacular sight! Share your photos with us by tagging us @bedfordcamera on Instagram, @bedfords on Facebook!