The Big Eclipse (Don't look at it!)

August 3, 2017

Google says people all over the U.S. are getting psyched about this month's total solar eclipse in three weeks. (Monday, August 21st, in case you haven't heard.) Mashable.com says new data from the search engine giant shows that most of the searches are coming from areas within the "path of totality" --where you'll be able to see the moon completely blot out the Sun.

   In the last seven days, Google says:
   --Idaho Falls Pocatello, Idaho is the metro area with the most interest in the eclipse.
   --Oregon is the state with the most searches for "eclipse." Oregon is actually the first state that will experience the total phase of the eclipse. Totality will begin along the Oregon coast at 10:15 in the morning, Pacific Time.

   --The total solar eclipse will pass over about a dozen states before moving out to sea after leaving the South Carolina coast at about 3 p.m. Eastern Time. It will be visible to folks on the ground for about two minutes. If you're not in the path of totality, almost everyone else in the 48 contiguous states will be able to see a partial eclipse.

   Very important: Don't look at it without solar viewing glasses!! Make sure they are approved by NASA and the American Astronomical Society. Libraries and science museums are giving them away. For the more high-fashion minded, Fashionista.com says eye wear store Warby Parker is giving away free eclipse glasses in their stores every day until the eclipse.