In case you’ve been living under a rock, there is a total eclipse of the Sun tomorrow, and it’s going to cross the entire continental United States!
A solar eclipse is a once in a lifetime event. Any given location on Earth experiences a total eclipse on average once every 375 years, and they only visit the United States a few times per century. You do not want to miss this!
I’m not even going to bother explaining the science because it’s not about the science. It’s just awesome.
Personally, I’m currently sitting in Boise, Idaho for the Exoclipse astrophysics conference, and I’m getting up at 3:00 in the morning tomorrow to ride up to Weiser (pronounced “Wheezer”) to see it in person. It’s my first total eclipse, and that’s only because it’s the first one to hit the United States in my lifetime. (Although I did see the 1994 annular eclipse from my home in Ohio.)
The weather forecast for tomorrow is good along most of the eclipse path. So go out there, get to the path of totality, and go see it!
And if you can’t get to the path of totality, the Sun will still be at least 50% covered, so go see it anyway.
So get out your eclipse glasses. If you can’t get any eclipse glasses, you can use #14 welder’s glasses. If you can get those either, make a pinhole projector. Just don’t miss it!
But…if you absolutely can’t get out to see the solar eclipse tomorrow, don’t worry…There’s another one on April 8, 2024.