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Solar Eclipse Safety Information

On Monday, August 21, 2017, North America will be treated to a solar eclipse.  A solar eclipse is where the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location. It has been approximately 40 years since the United States has been able to view a solar eclipse of this magnitude. 

The path of totality, where the moon will completely cover the sun, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path, like Northwest Florida, will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.

"While Florida is not in the path of totality it is expected to be a grand show," said Tami Ellis, Okaloosa County School District Science Curriculum Specialist.  "Because it is never safe to look directly at the sun we have created a safety information sheet.

How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely:

  • It is never safe to look directly at the sun.
  • It is not safe to look directly at a solar eclipse except during the moments of totality (when the moon completely covers the sun).  Florida will NOT experience totality and therefore, should NOT ever be looked at directly. 
  • Here is a diagram of the eclipse view in Okaloosa County:

Picture of Solar Eclipse Path

Information Source

“How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely.” NASA, NASA, 2017, eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.