Here’s How to Watch the Solar Eclipse From the Safety of the Internet

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Eau Claire Leader, Wisconsin, August 30, 1932

Greetings, fellow eclipse-slackers! If you’re like me and kept forgetting to seek out protective eyewear, are (count your blessings) not in America, or extremely comfortable at your computer, thankyouverymuch, here’s how to watch the eclipse without having to go outside.

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NASA will have a live eclipse stream on their channel starting at 12pm EDT, and they are currently running a program with scientists geeking out over the space show.

Twitter has set up a page they’re calling “Chasing Eclipse 2017” where there’ll be a livestreaming eclipse broadcast. There’s also a feed alongside it of eclipse news and reactions, because everyone is really freaking excited about this thing, including Superman.

I’m pretty sure Supes’ eyes would be just fine but it’s a good reminder that if you’re planning on seeing the eclipse yourself, you’ll need some special glasses because you’re not from Krypton.

Speaking of aliens, Google’s eclipse doodle is adorable and provides the best explanation of today’s events that I’ve seen:

Seems legit. You can also learn more about eclipse science from Google here.

Reminder time again: do not stare directly at the eclipse without protective glasses. Staring at the eclipse is a very, very, very bad idea. And while I’ve seen some arguments about whether creating your own pinhole viewer is safe, considering this tutorial comes straight from NASA and they know more about this stuff than people arguing in Facebook comments, I’m going to leave this right here:

Today’s jam is obviously Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and Tyler will be performing her classic live during the eclipse, because synergy, my friends.

What’re your eclipse-watching plans?

(image: Eau Claire Leader, Wisconsin, August 30, 1932 via Yesterday’s Print)

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