Where will you be August 21, 2017? This is the date of the next US solar eclipse. More on the eclipse later, but for now let’s think about where we can see it. Starting in Oregon it moves to South Carolina in 94 minutes. The path of totality is narrow, but all of the continental U.S. will experience at least a 60 percent eclipse. Houston will have about 73 percent
Looking at the Sun is one of the few dangerous things that astronomers do. Be sure to get proper protection to view it. Eclipse glasses will be available and are safe to use, but be very careful with them. Even a pin hole can result in permanent blindness. Special filters are sold for binoculars and telescopes. Never look at the Sun without proper filters.
Visit the Insperity Observatory on public night, the first Friday of each month from sunset to 10 pm: humbleisd.net/observatory