On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. Our moon will pass directly between the sun and earth, completely covering the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere, the corona, can be seen. The path of totality will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers in other parts of the country will see a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk. This event will last for almost three hours, from beginning to end. This time the longest period when the moon completely covers the sun will be about two minutes 40 seconds. This hasn’t happened in the US since 1979. NASA has a time chart posted on their eclipse website so you can be prepared.

Sun Oven® International, Inc will be at the Eclipse Event in Carbondale, IL, August 19-21. Hope you can join us. We will be cooking, too. Find us at the Family Fun Zone, Town Square Pavilion, 120 N Illinois Ave, Carbondale IL. There will be musical entertainers, food, kids’ midway and crafts. We’re excited to be sharing solar cooking demonstrations, with and without the sun! See you there.

Solar Eclipse

09 March 2016 – Total Solar Eclipse from Palu, Indonesia (Space.com)

Solar Viewing Safety Tips

  • Never look directly at the sun, except during the “totality” without appropriate eye protection.
  • The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” compliant with ISO 12312-2 int’l safety std. Inspect filters for scratches before using.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with glasses before looking up at sun; look away before removing them.
  • Don’t look through other unfiltered devices like binoculars or cameras. Use a filter. Use a tripod. Videos should be less that 2-3 min.


Billie Nicholson, Editor
August 2017

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