What you need to know about the eclipse


Emma North

Lambert students, Allie Tatoy and Nethra Pillai, show off their school-issued eclipse glasses.

For the first time in 38 years, a total solar eclipse will be crossing the continental United States. People have been flocking to get eclipse-approved glasses, find the best location to watch it, and play “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and “Dark Side of the Moon” when it happens.

Occurring on Monday, August 21st, 2017, Georgians can see the total solar eclipse from around one to four, with the peak occurring around two. A total solar eclipse is caused by the moon completely blocks the sun’s view, leaving only the corona (the sun’s atmosphere) to be seen by those viewing the event. 

Those viewing the event should take use of glasses with solar filters or solar viewers until the moon completely covers the sun. NASA advises not to look at the sun through a camera lens without using a solar filter as well.

Lambert High School will be celebrating the event by granting each student a free pair of eclipse glasses and allowing each student into the stadium to watch the event. The Science Department will be selling treats such as popsicles for $1 during the event; iGem will be selling Moon Pies as well. For those who don’t want to be outside, they can watch the eclipse in the auditorium.