Here’s how to watch the solar eclipse on TV or online, since actually looking at it could ruin your vision
A total solar eclipse is happening in the U.S. on Monday, and it’s an event that’s 99 years in the making. Needless to say, it’s pretty darn exciting! In case you need a little refresher, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely covers the sun and its atmosphere.
Beware though! Looking directly at the sun during the eclipse is actually more harmful than staring at a full sun, according to Sciencing.com. You see, the darkness that accompanies the mighty eclipse will lessen our tendency to squint or avert our eyes from the otherwise radiant sun rays. This allow more UV radiation to potentially enter our retinas, and that can cause a serious yikes!
If you want to be a part of this historic event and enjoy it from the comfort of your own home, there are a ton of options that are readily available on your television and the internet.
First up, CBS is offering a full afternoon coverage, live-streaming for free on its website beginning at 12 p.m. EST and its Facebook page from 1 to 3 p.m. EST. ABC is offering two hours of total solar eclipse fun (AKA live coverage).
Over on NBC, Al Roker will report live from the deck of the USS Yorktown in Charleston, South Carolina, a city that’s on the eclipse’s “path of totality.” If that isn’t enough for you, NBC’s Lester Holt will host that station’s live coverage at 1 and 2 p.m. EST.
If you’re looking forward to NASA footage, tune into Fox News Channel at 12 p.m. EST to see NASA’s livestream. CNN’s coverage will have a unique twist (on top of wall-to-wall broadcasting, like the other channels): its coverage will be offered in virtual reality. So, y’know, the eclipse will be extra trippy.
Phew! Just wait, there’s more!
Of course, NASA Television (yes — it does have its own channel) will be doing it up in style with full coverage, satellite images, telescope presentations and more. You can also view NASA’s live simulcast on Facebook and the organization’s website.
Everyone’s breaking out the big guns for this amazing solar event. So, don’t be a curmudgeon and miss out on all the solar fun!