The eclipse is here: Watch NASA’s live stream of solar eclipse

When is the eclipse?
The sun block starts between 1 and 1:30 p.m. today. The eclipse be at its peak about 2:21 p.m. to 2:24 p.m.

What is happening?

Solar eclipse explained

Be safe.

From The Associated Press: Solar glasses are a must for safe viewing of today’s total solar eclipse, the first to span coast to U.S. coast in 99 years. And parents beware: Eye doctors urge strict adult supervision for eclipse watchers under 16 years old.

There should be absolutely no peeking without eclipse glasses or other certified filters except during the two minutes or so when the moon completely blots out the sun, called totality. That’s the only time it’s safe to view the eclipse without protection. When totality is ending, then it’s time to put them back on.

Don’t have glasses?
Here’s how to make your own projector.

pinhole projector eclipse

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