On August 21st 2017, a full solar eclipse will be visible for a large part of the nation. The last time an eclipse like this happened, it was 1979, and a few things have changed since then. These days we’ve got access to detailed information on what we’ll see, where, when, and for how long. Eclipse glasses are also available.  They’re officially a hot item on ebay, and somewhat hard to come by. Eye Pieces of Vail has a limited supply of these available for pre-order now, for those interested. Call 970-476-1947 to order.

If we’re lucky, the Monsoon season skies will part for some of the one hour and 50 minute event.  According to Space.com‘s eclipse map, we’ll be seeing a 90.78% eclipse of the sun in Vail, and that’s not too shabby.

If you’re wise enough to have obtained a pair of eclipse glasses, buyer beware- fakes have been spotted! There are a few certifications you’ll need to be on the lookout for: the ISO 12312-12 compliance and “CE” marks should be visible on your shades, but can also be counterfeited. Go here for more information on verifying your solar filters. If you don’t have eye protection, go old-school with the pinhole method!

For the 12.25 Million Americans that are in the full-eclipse “ribbon” they’ll be able to remove their glasses momentarily when the eclipse reaches its darkest point. Then, they’ll join the rest of us in our silly glasses for the remainder of the phases. Protecting your eyes for the event is no joke, the damage that can happen is serious, irreversible, and can last for life. According to an article in The Washington Post, just a minute and a half of overexposure can cause permanent damage to your eyes. If you think you’re going to save a little cash and your peepers by just taking quick glances up at the sun, you’re not safe either– the damage can be cumulative. So wherever you might be watching, be sure to make sure you and your crew are prepared and informed.

Now you’ll just have to find the right spot to watch!