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Your Solar Eclipse Tool Kit For A Super Sun and Moon Spectacle

in: Fun

As celestial events go, few are as awe-inspiring as a solar eclipse. The chance to witness the moon passing between the sun and Earth, casting a shadow over the land, is a rare and unforgettable experience. However, viewing a solar eclipse safely and comfortably requires some preparation. Check out this Solar Eclipse Tool Kit!

 

Gotta Have Shades

Protect your eyes! Ordinary sunglasses won’t cut it; you need specially designed solar eclipse glasses that meet international safety standards – ISO 12312-2. These glasses block out harmful ultraviolet, visible, and infrared radiation, allowing for observation of the eclipse without damaging eyesight.

 

Come in for a Close Up

For a closer look at the intricate details of a solar eclipse, consider using a telescope or binoculars fitted with solar filters. These filters block out most of the sun’s light, making it safe to observe the eclipse without risking damage to equipment or eyes. 

 

Solar Selfie

Capture stunning photographs with a camera equipped with a solar filter. Whether using a DSLR or a smartphone camera, a solar filter will help capture the eclipse’s beauty without overexposing images or damaging equipment. Remember to practice using the camera setup before the big day to ensure readiness for capturing the moment.

 

Primo Positioning

Knowing the eclipse’s path, timing, and duration, is key to finding the place-to-be for the big event! NASA provides a great resource, complete with times for best viewing, from what area of the world and time of duration.

 

Shady Seating

A solar eclipse affair can be lengthy, so remember the basics! Wear SPF, drink plenty of fluids, bring along portable chairs/blankets, and make sure there is shade.  

 

Sunny Snacks

Keep hunger and thirst at bay with a selection of snacks and refreshments. Pack a cooler with chilled drinks, sandwiches, fruit, and other easy-to-eat snacks that will keep everyone fueled throughout the eclipse. Opt for items that won’t melt or spoil in the heat, and be sure to clean up any waste to leave the viewing area pristine.

 

Host an Eclipse Party! 

For the sunny host or hostess type, this is a chance to shine! Here are some party ideas for the day:

  • Supply guests with solar eclipse glasses.
  • Make sure there is plenty of seating or suggest guests BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair).
  • Cue up the BBQ, but also include fun eclipse eatery like cookies in the shapes of the sun and moon; Celestial Fruit Skewers (use yellow fruits like pineapple and golden kiwi for the sun and marshmallows for the moon); and Cosmic Popcorn (drizzle with melted white chocolate and galactic sprinkles). Don’t forget the Moon Pies!
  • Don’t forget the beverages! Make a Solar Punch with OJ, pineapple juice and lemon-lime soda, add a bit of grenadine for a sunset effect; create a Moonbeam Mocktail with lemonade and splash of blue curacao syrup; of course have plenty of water on hand.
  • Create a playlist of sunshine songs and moon tunes. Here is list to get the music started:
    • “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler
    • “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden
    • “Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd
    • “Walking on the Moon” by The Police
    • “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
    • “Moondance” by Van Morrison
    • “Space Oddity” by David Bowie
    • “Eclipse” by Pink Floyd
    • “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay
    • “Under the Milky Way” by The Church
    • “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra
    • “Planet Caravan” by Black Sabbath
    • “Moonlight Sonata” by Ludwig van Beethoven
    • “Across the Universe” by The Beatles
    • “Staring at the Sun” by U2
    • “Eclipse” by Veil of Maya (for a more upbeat, modern twist)

Wherever you are and wherever you may be on April 8, 2024, may you be with people who love you, adore you and never eclipse your sunny ways! Happy Eclipsing Meeting Managers!

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