On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be in view of an eclipse of the sun. The path of the eclipse starts from Salem, Oregon and ends in Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path, including Chicago and Park Tower, will still see a partial solar eclipse. NASA will cover the eclipse live from coast to coast, beginning at noon EDT. For more details visit NASA’s Eclipse Site.
With the solar eclipse just around the corner – and with what will probably be many great views right outside some residents windows – we want to remind all our owners and residents how important it is to be prepared. Enjoy the event – these are extremely rare in everyone’s lifetime. And no doubt there will be great views from Park Tower and throughout our neighborhood and region. But there are dangers to consider when viewing a solar eclipse.
Be mindful of potential hazards including eye damage, vehicle accidents, or injuries due to distractions. Mild eye damage includes sun spots for a few minutes, and severe damage can cause blindness. When driving on Monday – defensive driving should be a top priority. Avoid unnecessary distractions at all times.
Solar viewing glasses are the safest way to view the event directly. In fact, many scientists say the only safe way to look at the sun during an eclipse is through solar filter glasses. Buying them online or even retail, do your homework!! Learn more about safe viewing here.
Below, the path of the eclipse, where the sun will be totally blocked by the moon.
Here in Chicago, expect the sun to be about 89% blocked by the moon, at the height of the event.
NASA will have two live streams of the event all day. To alleviate some of the distraction of the day, if your at work or will be unable to participate in the event outdoors, you can view Nasa’s live stream here on Monday.