Solar Eclipse Coming on Monday, August 21

Solar Eclipse Coming on Monday, August 21
So, my birthday is coming up soon and guess what I'll be getting this year for my birthday. Well, I'm sure my husband will have chocolates (he knows how I love them) and a card for me... but yes, I will be having a solar eclipse for my birthday. Talk about a memorable birthday! Though we aren't located in the direct path of the eclipse, I do plan to get outside somewhere (I'm thinking a nearby state park where it will be peaceful) to enjoy the eclipse. There has certainly been a lot of talk about it on TV and radio, plus it's all over the internet. Some people are traveling far distances just so they can be in the direct path to experience it more fully. What do you think of the phenomenon? Do you have any special plans to witness the solar eclipse? Have you ever witnessed one before?

Comments

Neiltarquin
This is my daughter's birthday, I want to spend that special day with my daughter but unfortunately we are thousand of miles apart. The next best thing would be a video call. It's not that much but, at least we have that.
Posted by Neiltarquin on 08-12-2017
Pixie
I enjoyed watching an eclipse here last year with my eclipse glasses. It was just wonderful. Your birthday is definitely falling on a very good day. I heard that there will be a total solar eclipse on 21 August. I am planning to watch the eclipse this year again. I will now have to look for my eclipse glasses.
Posted by Pixie on 08-12-2017
simplym
Sounds very exciting. Happy Early Birthday in Advance and hope you see the Solar Eclipse. I have not looked in to it yet but I saw it on the news.
Posted by simplym on 08-12-2017
giovanniiiii
It is rather rare to experience solar eclipse and as I can recall I do not remember a solar eclipse ever happening in our country. I really think that people who could experience it first hand are rather lucky. It's a very rare phenomenon and worth experiencing once in a lifetime.
Posted by giovanniiiii on 08-13-2017
Corzhens
They say that an eclipse is a big event so you can turn it into an occasion. Although there are many superstitions and myths involving eclipse, modernity have made the eclipse an spectacle of sorts. Schoolchildren are now aware of the eclipse and they are guided by their teachers to observe the ecilpse especially when it is a total solar eclipse where the sun is completely covered by the moon's shadow for some seconds. What I can suggest is to take pictures and videos of anything in your fancy when the eclipse occurs. In 1955, my husband was still a baby when her father shot a picture of him and his mother. It was one awesome photo.
Posted by Corzhens on 08-13-2017
Alexa
I've seen several eclipses but I don't stay up to watch them these days. I did watch a total eclipse once and it was memorable although the person I was with made it less of a nice memory. I do admire people who stay up and plan to take photos, and I live supermoons as they do look beautiful. In the UK it's cloudy so eclipses are partially visible most of the time only.
Posted by Alexa on 08-13-2017
amitkokiladitya
I can witness a solar eclipse but only on a television screen. Firstly it is not visible from my place. Secondly, in our Indian culture, a solar eclipse is considered as highly inauspicious. Stepping out of the house, eating and cooking food is completely prohibited. It is a superstitious belief which is being carried forward for all these years.
Posted by amitkokiladitya on 08-13-2017
wallet
I am sure that the solar eclipse was mediatised a lot by tv and radios. You are lucky to receive such a special gift on your birthday, not too many people have this chance on such a special day. Enjoy your chocolate, the solar eclipse and wish you a wonderful happy birthday and a lot of gifts, health, and love!
Posted by wallet on 08-13-2017
peachpurple
Nope because the event will not happen in Asia so, maybe I will watch on Youtube to see the event instead. I bet the news will be focus on the eclipse because there are tons of tourist flocked over the US. Good business for the hotels and restaurants. Hope those residing there to gave a great time watching.
Posted by peachpurple on 08-13-2017
galegatling
Where exactly in Asia are you? Doesn't it really show even just a glimpse? I've heard in Vietnam last eclipse that it was viewable and really an amazing sight to behold. Yes you are right. We would probably be relying on live streams during that event.
Posted by galegatling on 08-15-2017
overcast
It's definitely a one good event worth checking out. There are people who keep an eye on the meteor showers in this phase. And you can see that it'd not be easier to see how the eclipse can change things around. So that being said, you can surely see that eclipse is the event worth keeping an eye on. So I'd for sure check out how the things go on some of the sites like youtube and others there.
Posted by overcast on 08-13-2017
Marvadaum
I have never witnessed a solar eclipse before but I have seen a couple of lunar ones. It's always a beautiful occasion. You must be very lucky to have your birthday under a solar eclipse. It's always a very important occurrence and it carries lots of astrological and spiritual meanings.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-13-2017
Joteque
Your'e going to have a fantastic birthday. Happy birthday by the way!..:) It's a wonderful once in a lifetime experience. We had witnessed a solar eclipse here in the Caribbean back in 1998. I went to the beach where I had a full front seat view of the spectacular event. Get your cameras ready, make sure you get to your viewing location early because there will be a last minute rush. Pack some snacks and gather family and friends and a radio and some internet connection... In short have fun and keep your eyes and ears open because for that short moment, changes will be happening all around you as the Sun and the Moon cross visual paths in the sky, so you will see our Earth respond like you have never seen before, all good though!
Posted by Joteque on 08-13-2017
JoeMilford
I would love to go to one of the prime locations to see this event--I don't think this has happened since the 1950s, from what I've heard, and who knows when it will occur again--maybe not in my lifetime. I also heard on the local news that the travel prices by plane are skyrocketing as people try to book flights to the primary viewing sites of this event. I still think it would be worth it to take a road trip to a prime site and have a tailgate party with friends and strangers while witnessing this cosmic event.
Posted by JoeMilford on 08-13-2017
vinaya
Eclipse is a great astonomical occurence. We had a partial lunar eclipse on August 7th. The eclipse happening on 21st August will not be visible from our place. I have seen solar eclipse and lunar eclipse many times.
Posted by vinaya on 08-13-2017
galegatling
Congrats in advance for the most awesome gift of the world to you! :D I may not see this phenomenon clearly because of terrain problems and such but I will look forward to see it on close up videos which will be uploaded or live streamed! I am really stoked to this phenomenon. Seems like all eclipses are very beautiful to see. The whole world would probably be looking forward to it.
Posted by galegatling on 08-14-2017
Gettingmile
The last time I experienced the total Eclipse of the sun was in the year of 2006, the one we normally experience most times at my side is partial ones where every where will only look like evening but not total night. How I wish we should witness it this year again but I don't think so because I'm not that close to the north. It's a good way to associate two events together, it will make it a memorable one. Congratulations to you for your birthday on this eclipse month :D
Posted by Gettingmile on 08-14-2017
Denis_P
This is a really exciting event, and I'm so happy that it happens to coincide with your birthday. How lucky can you really get? It's too bad that you aren't under its direct path, because that would be even better. If I were still living in the United States, I would definitely try to head out under its direct path and experience it in full, since it is kind of a once in a lifetime event. I'm currently in Europe and we won't even be getting a taste of it unfortunately. Maybe one of these years we'll get lucky too! Enjoy it.
Posted by Denis_P on 08-14-2017
kgord
I think that there are many states in which you can see the solar eclipse, I know it is visible in many states in the U.S. I am not sure what the viewing is like in other parts of the world though. I think different parts of the world will experience the eclipse differently. It will be an exciting process but I don't plan on looking directly at it.
Posted by kgord on 08-14-2017
BigDreamer
I have never witnessed an eclipse and I am really looking forward to seeing it. It is happening on my dad's birthday but we will both be at work during the eclipse so we won't be able to watch it together.
Posted by BigDreamer on 08-14-2017
rose thornes
Lucky you! Advance happy birthday, I know you will enjoy that day with your family. It's a once in a lifetime experience so you must enjoy it. Sadly the solar eclipse won't be visible in our country so I might watch it in the news.
Posted by rose thornes on 08-15-2017
ZevJabo
I'll check out with NASA on more info on details. I watched and followed the four blood moon lunar eclipse in 2014-2015. I want to find out where will solar eclipse will be visible.
Posted by ZevJabo on 08-15-2017
MateXon
As someone who's studying astronomy, seeing at a total solar eclipse would be awesome. Unfortunately, I live in Europe and I don't have enough money to take the trip, however, I'd like to share some knowledge about the phenomenon so that those of you who have the opportunity will understand more about it and enjoy the experience even more.

For starters, we are lucky: the distances between the Sun, the Earth and the Moon are set just right, and so the apparent dimension of our star and our satellite are almost identical (about 30 arcseconds each), which means that when they overlap, the Moon obscures the Sun almost completely, but not so much that you can't see sunlight peeking through; as far as I know this is the only place in the solar system that allows that, all eclipses are pretty boring if looked from other planets. Another thing is that solar eclipses are more likely to occur than lunar ones: I know, it sounds wrong but that's true, in a year there could be between 2 and 5 solar eclipses and between 0 and 3 lunar eclipses. The reason is quite difficult to explain in a comment, as it involves some geometry, but the reason why we perceive more lunar eclipses than solar ones is because the former are visible from an entire hemisphere, while the latter are visible only in very specific areas. Lastly, my professor told me about the first time he experienced a total solar eclipse, and he detailed about how he was able to see Mercury (which is notoriously difficult to observe from Earth given its proximity to the Sun) and some constellations; he also talked about how unreal the panorama was (if you are near a tree look at the shadows of the foliage). If he, a 60 year old man, was able to recollect such an event from when he was young with so many details, I can only imagine how memorable it will be.

Enjoy the event for me, hopefully I will be able to enjoy it myself in the future :)
Posted by MateXon on 08-18-2017
Dkaraly
I want to see the eclipse. It will be a partial eclipse in my country which isn't as exciting as a total one but I want to see it anyway. There's a problem though, I don't have the special glasses required, so I'll have to be creative to watch it without damaging my eyes. I remember when I was little I watched a total solar eclipse with my family. All the animals, especially the birds, acted very strange during the event.
Posted by Dkaraly on 08-19-2017
JoeMilford
This is generating a lot of buzz here down in Georgia because we are on of the prime places to view the eclipse. A lot of news stories have been talking about it locally, and there is a lot of concern about the safety of the eclipse eyewear which is being sold to people. Merchants are making a lot of money selling these products, but if these glasses are not the NASA approved safety quality, then many people might really have their sight permanently damaged.
Posted by JoeMilford on 08-20-2017
rogel
There is nothing special on August 21 except this solar eclipse that I want to witness together with my friend peter. As we are amazed with this kind of Sci-fi and the underlying principles why this things happen. There are some hidden questions as well that I want to know after the scene that experts explain the cause and effect of solar eclipse to the life of people.
Posted by rogel on 08-20-2017
muaaz.93
I would recommend everyone to enjoy the scene but also take care of your eyes. Use a special pair of eclipse glasses that meet the standard for eye protection. Similarly, when you try to view with binoculars use a special solar filter on it. As eclipse glasses can't do anything alone when used with binoculars.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 08-21-2017
jaysolano12
I missed the solar eclipsed event. It is the most beautiful eclipse that I saw in the social media and television reports. I am fun of such phenomena and I would like to witness such unique eclipse. It's like the sun and moon were embracing one another while the heaven sky celebrate their reunion. I always wrote about eclipse when I was a boy, I admired it a lot, its like an eye of GOD which also attracted me most. In other part of the region of USA, the form of eclipse is like the ring of fire of sky. Its perfect and amazing event, and some of the people believed it would sign of another event of human life. But I believed that eclipsed is like a clock.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 08-26-2017
babyright
The solar eclipse was experienced in my area some years ago whereby for some period of time there will be darkness on the earth during the day as a result of the eclipse. The one that will be coming up again this August, will be far away from us.
Posted by babyright on 08-30-2017
Barida
We had the eclipse of the sun sometime in my country in 2009 and I must say that it was an experience everyone that had it will want to see again. The news of the upcoming event then was everywhere both on the radio and on the TV and I must say that I enjoyed being part of that era that experienced the eclipse in Nigeria.
Posted by Barida on 09-26-2017