North America will be treated to a rare total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Hype for the eclipse is in overdrive thanks to its coast-to-coast track across the contiguous US, from Oregon to South Carolina. Here's everything you need to know, from planning to eye safety to the fascinating history of the first total solar eclipse photo.
Solar eclipse times
Don't miss the big moment. Check NASA's eclipse times for cities in the path of totality, from Madras to Columbia:
Where to watch the total solar eclipse
Eclipse totality lasts for only a brief amount of time. Here's how to plan out your experience and why you won't want to miss it.
- Stream it:
- Get it together:
- Eclipse events:
- Luxury option:
- Why you should see it:
- Apps: Here are the best ways to watch from your phone
How to look at the sun
We all know you're not supposed to look directly at the sun, so try out these options and save your eyes.
- Glasses guide:
- Watch out:
- Use a pinhole projector:
- Eclipse glasses for a car:
Are those glasses fake?
Not every pair of solar eclipse glasses is created equal. Counterfeit and unverified eclipse-viewing glasses flooded the market. Here's how to stay safe.
- Amazon recall:
- Check your glasses:
Strange things are going to happen
The eclipse offers a great excuse to brush up on your cryptozoology skills, contemplate the end of the world and view totality from a Waffle House parking lot.
- Uhhhh, what?:
- Beware of Lizard Man:
- Find Bigfoot:
- Apocalypse now:
- Just bananas:
- Your eclipse soundtrack:
Check out previous solar eclipses
Prep for the upcoming event by looking back at some gorgeous images of past eclipses.
- Revisit 2012:
The science and history of solar eclipses
From the first photograph of a total eclipse to how fast you would have to go to keep up with the path of totality, come delve into the fascinating history and science behind the eclipse.
- How eclipses happen:
- Look for a comet:
- Eclipse speed:
- Eclipse photography:
- Strange reactions:
First published Aug 16., 5:46 p.m. PT.
Update, Aug. 20 at 11:51 a.m. PT: New links added.
Update, Aug. 21 at 8:50 a.m. PT: New links added.
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