This Monday, August 21st, Americans will be able to see the first total solar eclipse since 1257. The next one won't be able to be seen within America until April 8th, 2024. So it's understandable why so many are traveling to the states in which viewing is best (from Oregon to South Carolina) and having viewing parties with special-ordered solar glasses.
But when is the best time to see the eclipse from where you live? To find out, you can just type your zip code into Courier Journal. The site explains that though the eclipse will be best seen from only certain states, everyone within America should be able to view it in part.
"On Aug. 21, a rare total solar eclipse will be visible from a narrow region spanning the United States. Although the path of totality will only be visible along a narrow portion of the country, most people outside of the band will see a near-total or partial eclipse. Use the map below to see what you can expect at your location on eclipse day," shares Courier Journal.
Live Science shares some safety tips for viewing the eclipse on Monday: "Remember to never look directly at the sun during an eclipse — During the very brief period of totality, you are safe to gaze at the sun, because the moon's shadow has completely blotted out the light. But at all other times, looking directly at the sun can harm your eyes. You must wear solar eclipse viewers; sunglasses won't do the trick."
Although it may be too late to order solar eclipse viewers online from Amazon, you may be able to find them at your local Walmart or Target. Millions of Americans are very excited for the eclipse on Monday, but Billy Graham's daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, says the heavenly sign is much more than a cause to celebrate; it may be a warning from God.
What do you think about the upcoming eclipse? Are you planning to watch it? And do you think it holds any spiritual significance? Share your thoughts in the comments! Thank you!