Leave it to America to jump on an event and commercialize it -- which is just what has happened with the solar eclipse. The rare total eclipse of the sun was last visible in the United States in 1979, but, unless you have been oblivious, you know that the next one happens on Monday (August 21). You may know this not because of any scientific interest, but because suddenly filtered glasses are available for sale everywhere!
For those of a more low-tech persuasion, you can make your own pinhole projector by creating a tube and putting aluminum foil with a pin prick on one end and white paper on the other. (Our library offered a workshop and here is a custom leadership dots version!)
This is the first time the total eclipse is visible only in the United States so it's a big deal. But whether you buy your glasses or make your own viewing tube, to enjoy the big event you'll need to be prepared (no direct viewing!). I think of all those who will do harm by looking without protection or who will miss the event due to lack of preparation. Don't let it be you!
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