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The Countdown to August 21, 2017

Over a year ago, I started reading articles on a rare solar eclipse that was going to occur across the United States. It was billed as a must-see event by astronomers, and by the luck of it, it would pass close to where we live.

It would be the “first to sweep across the entire country since 1918.” 

What is a solar eclipse?

This video answers common questions people have about it.

So, we started investigating options...

You can go to Oregon, spend the night in Nashville, even stay in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and enjoy the Little Green Men Festival along with your eclipse experience. Then we realized the kids would be back in school (major buzz kill). So, our location area had to narrow. We wanted to stay within a few hours’ drive and still experience the path of totality (where the moon will 100% block the sun for a few minutes).

Here is where we are going to combine a beautiful view of nature, options to view through telescopes with astronomers, and a live NASA feed.

Natural events like this are incredible. A few years ago, I took my kids to the Tellus Science Museum in the middle of the night so we could see a total lunar eclipse. Between looking at it in their observatory, viewing it in a series of different telescopes on the lawn, and witnessing live feeds from across the US in their auditorium, I was awe struck. Memories for me that will last a lifetime. Picture taken October 8, 2014 middle of the night – in the Tellus Observatory (red lighting provided by the Observatory – very cool).

To find some of the best viewing locations, check out this cnet article, and look at these gorgeous locations.

And don’t forget your special viewing glasses. Make sure they are not counterfeit. You seriously don’t want to burn your retinas.

The next total solar eclipse in the US won’t be until 2024, so join my family and take a look at the sky (with your protective glasses). For us, the event will last several hours, but the totality view when it will go dark will occur at 2:35 PM Eastern. Your area may have a different time.

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