On Monday, August 21, all of America will experience a solar eclipse. Some areas will witness a total eclipse (when the moon entirely covers the sun); other regions will witness a partial eclipse. Southern California will experience a 62% eclipse, with the moon beginning to cover the sun at 9:05 am, reaching maximum coverage at 10:21 am, and then moving away from the sun at 11:45 am.
This is the first total solar eclipse visible in the US in 38 years. While this is an exciting learning opportunity, according to the American Astronomical Society* and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, looking at the sun during an eclipse without adequate eye protection can cause permanent damage to the retina.
The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special solar eclipse glasses. Ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. If you chose to purchase eclipse glasses for your class, go to this NASA website link, for a list of reputable vendors and to make sure your eclipse glasses are safe.
Please also talk with your scholars and make sure they understand that looking at the sun during the eclipse without adequate eye protection can cause permanent damage to their eyes.
As a precautionary measure, all schools in HUSD will be on an inclement weather schedule on Monday, August 21. From 9 AM - 12 PM.
For more information on the solar eclipse, please visit Nasa's website.