We're gearing up for the solar eclipse later this month with the rest of the country. On August 21, the shadow of the moon will pass over my town of Kansas City at approximately 1:07 p.m. CST for a couple of minutes. Why is this eclipse such a big deal? It's a total eclipse instead of an an annular or partial one. The last total solar eclipse that could be seen in this country was in 1979 and it didn't pass over the United States like this one. It could only be seen in the Northwestern U.S. and Canada. I'm almost 50 years-old and this will be the first total solar eclipse I can see.
Did you know that you're not supposed to look at an eclipse without protecting your eyes? When we look at the sun normally, it's so bright, we look away. In an eclipse, our eyes are fooled into thinking it's okay and this can burn your retinas. So, I started looking on Amazon for something to protect my eyes and found all kinds of fun stuff for the eclipse. I've included binoculars and a telescope in the mix but you need to have special filters on them to protect your eyes.
Solar Eclipse glasses (5 pack)- Out of stock until the 13th, but they're an amazing deal (they've been marked down twice). Buy for your entire family.
Solar Eclipse Refracting Telescope– Want an even closer look? Here you go.
Solar Eclipse Shirt Had to include one for the guys.
Solar Eclipse necklace Inexpensive and cute. Perfect gift for a tween.
Solar Eclipse color-changing mug Drink your coffee that morning and get ready for the fun.
Solar Eclipse Stainless Steel Portable Car Cup Leaving the house? You can still have your cup of Joe in total style.
Starry night tote bag This bag is adorable. Period.
Your guide to the total Solar Eclipse Want to learn all the science? Here you go.
Solar Eclipse Map and Poster This is a great learning tool for kids.
Solar Eclipse 2017: The Complete Learning Guide– Another great way to share the science with your kids.
Do you plan to check out the solar eclipse on the 21st?