Get ready for a rare celestial happening in the universe (well, at least our known universe), as a Solar Eclipse will be taking place throughout North American on August 21.
But what exactly is a solar eclipse, why is it happening, and where can you see it (without your eyeballs exploding in a ball of flames)?
In its simplest terms, a solar eclipse is when the moon moves between the Earth and the sun to cast a shadow over our planet. According to Wikipedia, "This can happen only at new moon when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth in an alignment referred to as syzygy. In a total eclipse, the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon. In partial and annular eclipses, only part of the Sun is obscured."
The solar eclipse will cut diagonally across the entire United States starting from Oregon state and ending in South Carolina. Depending on where you are, will depend on if you will be able to experience the "totality"—the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon (which will only be 70 miles wide, at any given time).
We'll experience the partial solar eclipse in Philadelphia on August 21 from 1:21 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For best viewing results, be outside and ready to look up into the sky at 2:44 p.m., when approximately 79.9 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon.
But whatever you do, don’t stare directly at the sun (remember: eyeballs. bursting. flames.) The Wirecutter has some great suggestions and picks for solar eclipse glasses and filters, or you can make your own D.I.Y. pair.