Everyone is waiting eagerly for the biggest ever celestial show. The Great American Solar Eclipse is truly awe-inspiring and who would not be tempted to see the magnificent cosmic spectacle. However, ophthalmologists and solar astronomers are warning you to be careful about eye protection as a small lapse may lead to blindness. You have to wear eye safety gear to avoid any unpleasant incident. However, at the exact moment of totality, you could see without any protection just for a few moments before the sun reappears.
Take the Eye Damage Warning Seriously
It is really hazardous to see the sun during the solar eclipse. Because of the darkness, you would not be squinting or averting the eyes, thus, there is a chance of an increased intensity of ultraviolet radiation acting on your retina and causing irreparable damage. It is essential for all you sky watchers and lovers of astronomy to take all the necessary precautions so that you have a safe and accident-free Solar Eclipse 21st-Aug-2017. Do not forget that the UV radiation of the sun could burn your retina and permanently damage your eyes and may even cause blindness.
How Never to View Solar Eclipses
According to the authorities at NASA, some materials must never be used for watching a solar eclipse. They are color films, sunglasses, medical X-ray films, floppy discs or smoked glass. The safest way of looking at the sun every time whether during the eclipse or on normal occasions, is to filter or project the rays of the sun.
You could find eclipse glasses online or you could visit the local space museum or natural history museum or astronomy club and get the right eclipse glasses to view the grand show. Welder’s glasses are, however, recommended by NASA. You could opt for these glasses rated 14 or more. You could consider visiting your nearest welding supply store to buy these glasses. An important thing to note here is that the welder’s glasses come in different grades in different countries.
Projection is pretty effective. You could use binoculars or a telescope or consider making a box projector on your own. Remember not to see through the eyepiece of the telescope or even through the finder scope while the sun’s image is being projected onto a screen.
Solar filters are safe for watching the solar eclipse but make sure that they are designed precisely for the eclipses. You must make sure that the solar filter does not end up cracking due to the sun’s focused and magnified intensity. You must take good care of the solar filters otherwise they could get damaged and become unsafe for use.
Instructions for Using the Safety Gear Properly
- Always examine the solar filters meticulously and look for scratches or any signs of damage. When in doubt, discard the solar filter and get a fresh one.
- Look at the bright sun only with a solar viewer or proper eclipse glasses.
- Never see the partially eclipsed sun through any unfiltered camera, binoculars, telescope, or any other optical device.
Remember you could consider removing your solar filters for a few moments when the sun is totally covered by the moon and when there is darkness everywhere. However, use the solar viewer immediately when you find light streaking in through the envelope of darkness around you. Wear the solar viewer during the partial eclipse phases. Follow all safety rules and make the most of the grandest cosmic show. This could be a never before experience for you.
Roger Dylan is an astronomy enthusiast and runs his own blog. He is pretty excited about the Solar Eclipse 21st-Aug-2017 just like all of us. His blog posts are all about the total solar eclipse and relevant information regarding it.
Creative Art Inspiration for Every Star Sign
Are you looking for a new creative outlet or source of inspiration? Try to play to the inherent strengths of your star sign and consider these ideas for future projects.
Aries are fearless and aren’t afraid to show the reality of things. For a daring and haunting piece, consider incorporating a faux skeleton, an X-ray or patient image, or an anatomy diagram to suggest the underlying connections that make us all human.
Taurus are driven and determined. They won’t hesitate to tackle difficult or intimidating projects, so go big and bold! Consider incorporating large-scale sculptures or mixed media – choose a project that will challenge you to push your limits.
Gemini draw inspiration from the coexistence of opposing ideas. Consider projects that draw attention to the dual nature of something or even projects that call out the hypocrisy of issues that are important to you.
Cancers have a remarkable ability to inspire unity and teamwork. Take on collaborative projects that involve working with others, such as performance art, large installations, or mixed-media pieces.
Leos are passionate and fiery. Choose projects that align with ideas that you care deeply about and media that can move others to experience your passion. Your inner fire will lend its unique light to anything you do.
Virgos tend to struggle with being too critical of themselves. Challenge this tendency by choosing a project that takes you outside of your comfort zone, such as working with different materials or approaching a new idea.
Libras are masters of balance, which is one of the first principles of art and design. Draw inspiration from balancing opposing ideals or showcasing overlooked balances that already exist.
Scorpios often encounter struggles – and triumph over them. Find inspiration in these struggles and in overcoming them. Alternatively, try struggling with new ideas, methods, or materials. Push old boundaries. You’ll be pleased with the outcome.
Sagittarius are goal-orientated and tend to draw inspiration from achievements – no matter how big or small. Try creating a series of smaller projects that all work under a unifying idea.
Capricorns are willing to move mountains to reach their goals. Leverage this determination and strength of will to tackle difficult projects or illusive ideas. Your unique perspectives will tell stories no one else can.
Aquarius tend to be uniquely empathetic toward the feelings and struggles of others. This can be a great source of inspiration. Try being part of collaborative projects, especially those that amplify the voices of others.
Pisces is the last sign in the astrological cycle. Pisces tend to be highly intuitive; find inspiration in projects that use this innate intuition to draw attention to details or problems that others may miss.
It’s The Forth and Final Supermoon of 2023 What Does That Mean Astrologically?
The fourth and last supermoon, is also called the Harvest Moon, and will bless our skies September 28 and September 29. This moon will reach its full splendor at 5:57 am EST on September 29. This is the last supermoon until September 18, 2024.
This full moon happens in the first house, which means you might feel like an emotional roller coaster. Things that have been hidden come to light, reminding you that you must put yourself first.
Aires: The full moon is in your sign, so you will reap the rewards. Expect a renewed passion for goals, projects or dreams that you have set aside. It is time for them to shine.
Taurus: You need to rest and recharge, as you may feel burnt out. This time will give you the strength to heal your past, let go.
Gemini: Time to shine your light…party and be seen. Want to manifest? Now is the time. Want love? You might just find the person of your dreams.
Cancer: The timing is here for you to gain victory and turn that corner. Focus on what you want career wise and you might just get it.
Leo: Oh kitties, your advice is to be brave and step outside of your comfort zone. Travel media, legal issues can move forward if you tap into your spirituality. That is where the keys lie.
Virgo: Relationships, intimacy and finance are where your troubles and strengths lie. It is possible you might not see eye to eye or move on or you have to keep your eyes ion your bank accounts. If you break-up remember something better will be coming your way and we should always be diligent with or cash flow.
Libra: Change is coming to partnership both in business or love. If you allow it this could bring you closer or it will tear you apart. Trust your heart, open up to the possibilities in front of you. Feeling the urge to make something long-term? The potential is here for you.
Scorpio: Expect to be super busy. You will feel as if you are juggling everything, but breathe as new things are on the horizon. Make sure you take care of your health, add in some time for fitness and diet.
Sagittarius: Your heart is calling you to passion, romance and love with maybe a soulmate. If you are attached then expect a renewal of that original spark. You have a thrilling aspect especially if involved in the arts or sports.
Capricorn: Family, home or real estate, is in play. You could move, get a new roommate or make your home more your own. Parents also come into play so if you haven’t seen them in awhile, plan a visit.
Aquarius: Writing, speaking, advertising, communications, contracts all have a play in this energy. Make sure you renew your mind with quick trips as you will need them.
Pisces: Money, income and expenses. You need to focus on spending and saving. This could be a double edge sword with money coming in and unexpected money going out.
Finally Venus is Out of Retrograde
As of September 3, 2023, Venus in retrograde is a thing of the past. The post-shadow period will last until October 7, 2023 and may continue some of the themes from the retrograde itself. Venus has been on a six-week retrograde that saw her backtracking. This impacted everything from romance, legal issues, to works in the process. During this time, it’s been all but impossible to get a clear read on the work and people who’re right in front of you, but that trend comes to an end as Venus resumes forward motion.
Some consider retrogrades to be a time in the shadows, but it really is a moment to look into the innermost, darkest parts of ourselves. Venus retrograde reveals what is, and always has been, lurking behind the scenes, waiting to finally be addressed in confident and unmistakable ways, because Venus is all about passion.
Venus also rules over money and finances which means that themes of worth, value, spending, and financial habits rise to be addressed. In Venus retrogrades there are opportunities to revisit relationships, invite new realities, no matter how impossible they seem.
It might take a few weeks for the cosmic love goddess to fully get back up to speed, but know that clear communication is coming your way.
Feeling Off Kilter? Maybe The Planets Have Something to Do With It.
The planets are intent in pushing humanity forward. Every planet spends time in retrograde, but as of August 28th there are seven of them causing havoc. Here’s what you need to know so you can prepare yourself.
Until September 3, Venus is in retrograde bringing confusion and chaos into our love lives. Not a great time to start a relationship. It is however a good time to renegotiate your current relationships and redefine your boundaries.
Mercury is in retrograde until September 15. Expect miscommunications, problems in travel and technology. Remember planetary retrogrades give you the opportunity to clear out things of your life that no longer serve you.
Expect to transform in some way, until October 10, thanks Pluto is in retrograde. Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn, will feel it more than others, as well as those who have these signs in their rising signs.
For those wanting a commitment of some sort, wait until November 4, as Saturn in retrograde will make this extremely difficult.
Neptune in retrograde is asking us to heal from the past until December 6.
Until December 30th, Jupiter in retrograde expects us to take smaller and more calculated risks.
The planets don’t stop in 2023. Uranus in retrograde is shaking up our lives until January 27, 2024.
Breathe, except the changes, go with the flow and know this to will pass.
Embrace The August Super Moon
Two supermoons in the same month is a truly remarkable and rare, last occurring in January 2018 and will happen again until 2037.
The supermoon on August 1st is in Aquarius it brings extra energy with revelations, unexpected change, freedom, and profound insights, enhancing the transformative power of the Full Moon.
During this time, a collective shift is in the air, urging us to break free from old patterns that no longer serve us. We might feel a strong inner call to let go of unhealthy relationships that drain us emotionally and don’t reciprocate our love and care.
Now is the perfect opportunity to embrace your uniqueness and celebrate your individuality.
As we journey towards the next full supermoon at the end of August, we can expect profound changes to take place in our lives.
An abundance of blessings and opportunities will come out of nowhere and lead us down paths we never imagined, opening doors we never knew existed.
Embrace this time of good luck and fortune.
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