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Your HHB Guide to the Solar Eclipse

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I'm Robert, Stacia's husband and co-founder of The Handcrafted HoneyBee Company. I'm also an engineer at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center.

Our family is taking a little vacation to witness the solar eclipse. It's been a chance for our boys (and us) to learn a bit about astronomy and nature in the forests of central Oregon.

I asked Stacia if I could take over this week's newsletter to share some information about tomorrow's solar eclipse, along with some resources and ideas for enjoying this celestial phenomenon in your part of the country.

For the first time in nearly a century, everyone in North America will be able to witness some level of eclipse. Even those in the Continental U.S. living outside of the path of totality will be able to observe at least 50% obscuration of the sun.

(Here's an interactive Google map to calculate the time and level of maximum obscuration in your location.)

Image Credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

NASA scientists are performing a number of experiments tomorrow, to learn more about the physics of our closest star and understand the earth's ionosphere better. Citizen scientists across the country will be contributing their observations to a nationwide study of weather conditions and animal behavior during the eclipse.

Now, if you've read anything at all about tomorrow's eclipse, you've hopefully seen the safety warnings. Just in case you haven't, here it is:

Never look directly at the sun without appropriate protection except during totality. You can cause permanent damage to your eyesight.
(Visit the Eclipse Safety page for more info)

Even if you've purchased "Eclipse Viewing Glasses", make sure that they are ISO 12312-2 compliant. Otherwise, they may not provide sufficient protection for your eyes.

One of the best ways to observe the eclipse is with a pinhole camera. You can construct a simple pinhole camera by following these instructions.

Here's another method: this one turns a simple cereal box into an eye-safe solar eclipse observatory.

NASA also has online resources to print a pinhole camera with a hole marking your location on the map as you project the eclipse onto the ground.(Downloadable PDFs and 3D print templates can be found here)

Image courtesy of NASA

If you're not able to step outside during the eclipse, you can still share in the experience by joining the eclipse live stream with NASA!

No matter how you participate, tomorrow is sure to be an amazing event—courtesy of this remarkable coincidence of sun and moon!

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