“Once in a blue moon” is a pretty rare occurrence but what about “once in a total solar eclipse?”
A total solar eclipse is waxing our way Monday, August 21 for the first time since 1979. Columbus won’t get the full experience but we can expect a 86 percent coverage of the sun by the moon from 1:04pm to 3:52pm.
How will you experience it?
With the slightly visible stars in the sky and the dim, maybe even romantic glow of computer screen protruding from neighboring cubicles, this celestial event may be the perfect opportunity for you to take your bedroom-eyes-across-the-office relationship with Deborah in HR to the next level.
In the office viewing party
•Popcorn covered in glittery sprinkles (dose of sugar plus a starry shine, win win)
•DIY watching device
— NASA Sun & Space (@NASASun) August 11, 2017
If you’re more of a Greg in accounting and just want to take in a bit of the phenomenon, here’s what you need to know:
- Don’t look directly at the sun unless you want permanent eye damage
- Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device
- You can watch coverage on the internet or tv (Google “solar eclipse” and you won’t have any problem finding it)
If you’re Cameron the intern and want to get the hell out of the office, here’s where to get a great view of the moon bullying out the sun for a few hours:
- Any Columbus Metro Library (free viewing glasses while supplies last!)
- Bexley Public Library
- Westerville Public Library
- UA Public Library