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Make the most of your Aug. 21, 2017, eclipse-viewing experience with these tips to help you plan and enjoy the event.
- The entire duration of the eclipse, including the beginning and end of partial phases, is about three hours. Plan to have sunscreen, a hat, water, chairs, food, and access to air conditioning and bathrooms.
- If you’ll need a hotel room around eclipse weekend, book early. Some hotels in or near the path of totality are already booked full.
- Put down your electronic devices. Totality goes by quickly; indulge in the experience while it’s happening, then text your friends about it later.
- Do a practice run on April 22 to map out your view for the Aug. 21 eclipse. The sun will be in roughly the same position both days.
- Check with school officials about possible schedule changes for school days or college move-in days.
- Watch it with people you care about, amateur astronomer Jack Dunn says. “Because it is such a rare or unusual experience, it’s really nice to be around people who are close to you. It’s a human thing. You want someone to share it with.”
- You can carry on with your regularly scheduled activities during the eclipse. Keep in mind, however, that some businesses may choose to close during eclipse hours, so their employees can enjoy the show.
- If you are driving during the eclipse, be alert to other drivers who may be distracted by the sudden darkness. Be safe; pull off the road and park during totality, if need be.
- Like animals in the wild, domestic pets may alter their behavior during the eclipse. Make sure your pets are secure.
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