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Safety Tips for the Solar Eclipse

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What is a solar eclipse?
A solar eclipse is when the moon appears to cover the sun. Although the moon is smaller than the sun, the way they line up, once about every 18 months, there is a total eclipse and the moon looks like it is completely covering the sun.

When is this happening? How long will it be?
The eclipse will take place on August 21st and total coverage will last for only 2 minutes and 40 seconds. From start to finish, some places will have about three hours where the moon is at least partially covering the sun.

Can I see the solar eclipse from where I am?
The total eclipse can be seen on a path that is over 70 miles wide, but this path will not be over any locations where EC has schools; a partial eclipse will be visible throughout the United States.

Is there anything else I should know?
It is important that during the eclipse you DO NOT look up at the sun. It will be tempting to look up, but the light coming from the sun during an eclipse can be extremely damaging to your eyes. There are special solar viewing glasses you can purchase, but if you do not have them, do not look up until the eclipse is completely over!

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