As some may already know, the United States will be treated to a viewing of the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. From a marine perspective, Sea Tow wants you to be ready if you choose to be on the water when darkness falls in the middle of the day.
The last time the U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979 but the weather was cloudy; therefore, most could not actually see the phenomenon, other than it being dark or partially dark. This year, you don’t want to miss it because the U.S. will not witness another eclipse until 2024.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking all or part of the sun. Only the 14 states in the path of totality will be able to see the total solar eclipse. The rest of the states will witness a partial solar eclipse. No matter where you are, a great way to view the eclipse is from your boat. Follow the tips below to safely enjoy this fascinating event.
- Keep your eyeballs safe from being scorched by the sun by wearing solar eclipse glasses. Normal sunglasses will not protect against starring directly at the sun’s rays.
- Pack water to keep hydrated while you’re out on the water. The eclipse does not last very long, but it is still August, and therefore can be very hot based on the region of the country you live in.
- Save your skin from sunburn by wearing sunscreen. Even though the sun will be all or partially covered by the moon during the eclipse, you are still subject to sunburn.
- Keep your distance from other boats. Everyone will be staring at the sky, not paying attention to where they’re drifting. Knocking into another boat on accident can cause serious damage and injury.
- Do not look at the eclipse through your camera lens, telescopes, or binoculars. Unless these items are filtered, looking through them will burn your eyes.
- Get to your spot on the water early to avoid the crowds. This special event is sure to draw a large audience.
Are you planning to watch the eclipse? If so, let us know in the comments below where you will be viewing it and from what type of boat.