On Monday, August 21st the U.S. will experience a Total Solar Eclipse for the first time since 1979. For most, this is likely the first event of it's kind in our lifetime - hooray - so we wanted to ensure everyone is properly prepared for this momentous event.
To do so, we've condensed all you need to know about getting ready for the solar eclipse down to five essential steps:
Rule number one is 'don't look directly at the sun'. The eclipse is only safe to look at once the moon has fully covered the sun. Until then, you'll need some fancy Eclipse Glasses so you can watch the eclipse safely.
Every good eclipse watch party requires a comfy blanket to perch your rear end on. Make sure you grab one with equal amounts of softness and durability for those hard surfaces. You might be there a while.
Our guess is you'll be able to see the eclipse from anywhere you can see the sun...but here are some viewing spot suggestions: a local park, open fields, the roof of your house, and on top of a butte or mountain. Of course, use caution if climbing on top of tall structures and try not to trespass.
No one wants to watch an eclipse alone so make sure you gather up some friends and family. Can't decide? Ask yourself 'Who would I want to experience total darkness with most?' and go from there. Just make sure there are enough blankets, glasses and booze for everyone.