** Spoiler Alert **
Marion County is in the path of totality for the Great American Eclipse!
This eclipse will pass through our region on Monday, August 21. This means mid-valley residents don’t have to Chase the Sun to experience a total solar eclipse when there Ain’t No Sunshine. We’ve heard that people from all over are converging in our neck of the woods to see our New Moon on Monday.
Locals are busy stocking up on Dark Necessities in case we’re swallowed up by the Black Hole Sun. Although, it’s not The End of the World as We Know It, we’re reminding everyone to stock up on food, water and other supplies while we’re Waiting for the Sun.
We know it will be busy as visitors begin to arrive. Many are traveling To the Moon & Back for this once is a lifetime experience. They know that for the few minutes the sun’s corona is visible, you can see Venus and maybe even Drops of Jupiter! So try not to think to yourself, “These folks are here to Steal My Sunshine.” Instead, practice patience and try Counting Stars or joining them for a Moondance.
Remember, Staring at the Sun can injure your eyes. To view the partially eclipsed sun, Cheap Sunglasses won’t do! Be sure to have your safety rated (look for ISO 12312-2) special eclipse Dark Sunglasses ready for the big event. There’s no need to wear your Sunglasses at Night during the brief phase of totality. The Bad Moon Rising (totality) will only last about 1 minute, 54 seconds.