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View the Solar Eclipse like a Scientist

No matter where you are in the United States, here are some helpful tips and information to view the eclipse like a scientist.

How to be a good scientist

In all the excitement about seeing this fantastic celestial event, don’t forget to be a good scientist! At the maximum coverage, make observations of your surroundings. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Has the temperature changed?

  • Does the weather seem different?

  • How have the wildlife noises changed?

  • What about the color of the horizon around you?

Scientists like to take notes, so bring along a journal and write down your thoughts or draw pictures as the solar eclipse progresses. It will help you remember this amazing day for years to come!

Viewing from Toledo

Toledo is in the path of a partial solar eclipse with 85% sun coverage. Find out what that means and what you can expect to see during this rare celestial event.

Viewing from Totality 

The total solar eclipse will traverse the United States. If you are one of THOSE PEOPLE (we’re a little jealous) lucky enough to be traveling to see it, here are a few tips. 

Eclipse phases in Toledo

Check out the phases of the partial eclipse from Toledo with this time-lapse animation. We may not be in the path of totality, but clearly it will be a spectacular sight. 

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Help NASA Collect Data

NASA is inviting eclipse viewers around the country to participate in a nationwide science experiment by collecting cloud and air temperature data and reporting it via their phones.

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is a NASA-supported research and education program that encourages students and citizen scientists to collect and analyze environmental observations. GLOBE Observer is a free, easy-to-use app that guides citizen scientists through data collection.

In order to participate, download the GLOBE Observer app. After you log in, the app explains how to make eclipse observations.

Information courtesy of NASA.

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As crazy-cool as it might seem to sit and stare at the sun with your bare eyeballs, it’s mostly crazy. Never directly view the sun through anything but a certified solar viewer or solar telescope.

Viewing the sun through binoculars, normal telescopes or bare eyes can lead to significant or permanent damage to your eyes.

For more information on how and why to protect your eyes during a solar eclipse, check out our safety tips.