As you might have heard, next Monday there will be a total solar eclipse going across the United States! A solar eclipse occurs when the moon’s orbit covers the sun during the day. When this happens, the day will go dark! In a total eclipse, some cities in the US will be in complete darkness for the few minutes that the moon is in front of the sun.
If you’re not in one of these cities with totality, don’t worry! You will see a sliver of the moon go over the sun, and will still be able to see the eclipse, you just won’t be in total darkness. If you are in totality, this means that from your viewpoint you will be in complete darkness. So, if you’re close to a city that will be in totality, head out on a road trip to the nearest city! Did you know this is the first solar eclipse to go over the US since 1918? Take the kids out of school and experience a solar eclipse together!
The eclipse will start at the Northern tip of Oregon and go across the US to the East Coast of South Carolina. At the start of the eclipse, in Oregon, the sun will actually rise totally eclipsed. This is a rare sight and over 500,000 people are estimated to travel and see it! However, it is estimated that the most people will be traveling to South Carolina because it is the closest destination for the entire Eastern Seaboard. There are an estimated 2 million people traveling to see the eclipse in totality. In total, it is estimated that 7 million people might travel to the path of totality. So be safe on the roads as you travel! Fill up with our fuel with reduced emissions so that your carbon footprint will be reduced while you travel to enjoy the eclipse.
Here are some tips to get you ready for the eclipse:
- Get to your destination ahead of time. This is a natural occurrence and completely out of human control. There is no pause! Get there ahead of time to make sure you can watch the full eclipse. At each point along its path, it will only last about 2 minutes.
- Be prepared. Go get some solar eclipse glasses! You cannot stare at the eclipse with normal sunglasses without risking harm to your eyesight. Do not look directly at the eclipse without your special glasses! You can find some here.
- Bring snacks. There are going to be a lot of people on the roads and you might be in traffic on your way getting to the path of totality. Not only traffic but with the surge of people, it might be hard to get into a restaurant for some food! Be prepared and pack some snacks!
- Fill up before you go. Fill up with PurposeÔ at one of The PRIDE Stores and do some good for your community while you’re headed to one of the coolest natural phenomena’s!
- Save your glasses! Save your eclipse glasses, because guess what! There will be another solar eclipse going across parts of the US in 2024!