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Jul 7, 2017 — by: Chrystal Vaughan

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Part Two of Five

To recap our last conversation (super one-sided, I might add!) the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN is happening on August 21st, 2017. I may have mentioned it in passing, I dunno. But I seem to recall thinking out loud, "What a terrific opportunity for local businesses to make some serious cashola, given that about a million people are coming through here to see this phenomenon." You know, because of the path of totality.

 

Don't give me that look, Audrey Hepburn. I'm going to explain. First, you have to understand what a solar eclipse actually IS. Thanks to the team at NASA, we have a handy dandy graphic:

 

What_is_it

 

Okay so they used that word again: TOTALITY. That makes me think of....

 

 

So, totality (it's not tubular) means: "The path (up to about 270 km or 168 miles wide) that the moon’s shadow traces on Earth during a total solar eclipse" (Thanks again, NASA!). If you need a visual, like me, here's a map:

Totality

                                               {Guess where I found this map? Huh? Guess, just one guess...}

So Should I Wear Sunglasses?

I talked to our guest, Brian Gailey *(photographer extraordinaire) and he suggested sunglasses might not be the wisest option. In fact, it is super duper unsafe to view the eclipse directly, even with eyewear. Some safety tips:

  • You should wear solar glasses or view through a projector (more on this in a moment)
  • You definitely want to supervise children using the glasses or a projector
  • You definitely don't want to use damaged or scratched glasses to view the eclipse
  • You definitely SHOULD NOT try to view the eclipse through your camera lens or phone (hang on, we've got a plan)

Don't be afraid! The eclipse is an amazing event, but eye safety is paramount. Once again, our friends at NASA are here to save the day:

“The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. To date four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.”

Here's what they look like. SO not nerdy.

Solar-eclipse-glasses-5-pack3

If you are throwing an eclipse party for your business, you should order these for your guests. Just saying.

Instructions on how to make your own projector can be found in this fun and educational handout (I'm not even going to tell you where I got it). Also a fun eclipse party activity. Just saying.

A Picture is Worth...Not Your Eyesight

I'm already hearing cries of, "But Chrystal, I wanna take a piiiiicccccttttuuuuuurrrrreeee!" so hold your horses, Chamberverse. I told you, Brian has the goods. He directed me to this information, which I am happy to share with all of you, since hopefully, you are reading this blog. If you have fancy camera equipment, as Brian does and as I do not, that's a whole different kettle of fish. Let me know if this is information you require and I will obtain it posthaste.

I asked Brian where the best place to photograph the eclipse might be, because of that path of totality thing we talked about earlier. He instantly responded with this:

Brian_map

If you can't tell, that's the Painted Hills region of our great state, about 9 miles northwest of Mitchell, Oregon. It is *directly* in the path of totality, which means the eclipse will likely be visible (not with the naked eye, please!) for about 2 and a half minutes. But beware! According to Brian, those million people coming through here will flock to these areas because of the totality thing and the sparse countryside. They're all gonna be thinking they'll be alone out there, in the vastness of the Oregon desert...but no. So. Many. People.

Hey that gives me a thought...if you own property in Oregon, and you think you might be okay with people camping on your land, you should totally put a sign out that says so. And make a few bucks! Genius!

Hey! I have another business idea! Eclipse merchandise! Are you a maker? Have an item you can put some eclipse stickers on? Get creative, friends!

To end today's highly entertaining and educational post, here is a fun video all about the eclipse:

 

 

Next episode: Safety and how you can ensure you have it, plus planning ahead for both business and personal sanity.

Have more ideas about how to make the eclipse work for your business? We want to hear from you! Visit us on Facebook or email us today!

 

Sources:

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-glossary

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/2017EclipseAcrossAmericaFlyer_Panels_508.pdf (linked in the article)

 

http://www.weatherwise.org/Archives/Back%20Issues/2017/March-April%202017/2017_Total_Eclipse_full.html

http://eclipsophile.com/oregon/

http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2017/04/eclipse_chasers_are_flocking_t.html

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/host-eclipse-party

 

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