Five Stages of a Solar Eclipse



How to safely watch a total solar eclipse If you're in the path of totality, you'll have a chance to watch a total solar eclipse.

You'll need a pair of eclipse glasses or other indirect viewing method to safely observe the sun.

Here's what you can expect to see if the sky is clear: Sun's disk partially blocked by moon. Can last over an hour.

Only low-lying valleys on the moon's edge allow sunlight through

Sunlight streaming through the moon's valleys creates single bright flash of light

Marks the last few seconds before totality

Moon covers the entire disk of the sun (only visible within the path of totality. Don't take your glasses off elsewhere.)

May last under a minute in some locations

Crescent begins to peek out from behind the moon

Stop looking directly at the sun