The Solar Eclipse will begin to be viewable in the RGV beginning with a partial eclipse at 11:46am with the maximum eclipse visible at 1:14pm. The partial eclipse will end at 2:41pm. If you aren’t sure what happens during a total solar eclipse, here are the details.
- A total solar eclipse happens when the moon appears to completely cover the sun in the sky. This happens when the moon aligns at the perfect angle between the sun and the earth casting its shadow over the earth’s surface.
- Only certain areas will be able to see the total solar eclipse while the rest us will only experience a partial solar eclipse.
- Total solar eclipses occur about once every 18 months and partial eclipses occur on average 2-5 times per year.*
- The next total solar eclipse will be visible in the U.S. in 2024.
If you plan on viewing this awesome celestial event, make sure you take the proper safety precautions. This includes purchasing special solar viewing glasses to protect your eyes. If you aren’t into making the expense, you can also make a DIY solar eclipse pinhole projector with a cardboard box, some aluminum foil, and scissors. Remember, NEVER look directly at the sun with the naked eye or through binoculars or a camera lens without a solar filter. Also keep in mind keep your pets indoors to protect their eyes too. Remember: Looking at the solar eclipse without solar viewing glasses or special solar filters can cause serious damage to your eyes and even blindness.
If you aren’t into checking this out, you can still celebrate Solar Eclipse day by taking advantage of these SOLAR Eclipse Day Deals:
Dairy Queen is offering a buy one get one. You can buy one Blizzard and get the second for $0.99. The deal begins August 21 and lasts through Sunday, September 3 at participating locations.
Denny’s is offering All You Can Eat Mooncakes for $4.00 on August 21. (Sure, they’re regular pancakes, but doesn’t MoonCakes sound so much cooler?)
Krispy Kreme changed their regularly awesome original donuts with a chocolate glaze in honor of the 2017 Solar Eclipse. These will be available on August 21.
If food isn’t your thing:
Hess Air is having a Solar Deal on their A/C tune-ups. Their regularly priced inspection is only $59 from August 21 to 25, 2017. This service doesn’t have to be done before August 25, as long as you call during the sale time and schedule your appointment.
You can also check out Nike’s store website where they have their top Solar Eclipse Picks.
*information from https://www.space.com/33797-total-solar-eclipse-2017-guide.html?ref=yfp