🌑 It’s going down at 1:26 p.m.

🌑 It’s going down at 1:26 p.m.

A view made to watch a solar eclipse.
(📸 Frost Museum of Science)

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So…what is a solar eclipse anyway? The celestial event that everyone’s been talking about is finally upon us. Even astrologer Walter Mercado is ready for it. We’re gonna get to see nearly 80 percent of the moon’s shadow block the sun. Here are some quick tips to get the eclipse right:

  • Puh-lease don’t look directly at the sun. That’s what eclipse glasses (or welding goggles) are for. NASA has an approved list of reliable ones.
  • If finding a pair the day of is tricky, you can DIY some to keep your eyes protected.
  • Spots all around South Florida are hosting watch parties. Some, like the Frost Museum of Science, will be live-streaming NASA’s feed. (We’ll be there, so come say hi!)

Here’s everything else you need to watch the eclipse.

How are you watching the solar action? Use the hashtag #solareclipseMIA and tag us on Insta at @thenewtropic or Twitter at @newtropicmiami.

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