NASA: "Don't Be Blindsided" By This Solar Eclipse

NASA: "Don't Be Blindsided" By This Solar Eclipse

Top scientists encourage people to look at the sun.

In anticipation of the solar eclipse occurring August 21, has published Eclipse 101: a guide that explains how you can view a solar eclipse safely. The article addresses proper viewing equipment, where to purchase it, and how and when to use it. As helpful as this article is, NASA needs to do more to reach out to millennials who will only pay attention if the article is posted on Snapchat in list form with liberal use of memes and pop culture references. The fewer people who know an eclipse is coming, the more people who will be too lazy to Google “proper solar eclipse-viewing procedure” during the estimated two-and-a-half hours the eclipse will occur in their location. So on behalf on NASA, here is a list of steps you can take to enlighten your eclipse-viewing experience:

1. Learn when it is.

First go to to learn when the eclipse will occur in your area. For example, people in Orlando will be able to see the eclipse from 1:19 to 4:14 p.m. A totality (when the moon eclipses the Sun completely) will not be visible from Orlando, but the greatest coverage will occur at 2:51.

2. Do not stare at the Sun.

NASA is serious. “Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse ('totality').” So if you didn't know, now you know, son.

3. Seriously, don't do it.

Some people think it's a good idea to view a solar eclipse through a telescope or a camera. Have you ever seen somebody burn ants alive with a magnifying glass? In this situation, your telescope is the magnifying glass, and your eyes are the ants. Get the picture?

4. No, your sunglasses will not help.

Unless your Ray-Bans have lenses made from welder's glass shade number 14 or higher, your eyes will still fry.

5. Instead, buy solar filters.

You know those glasses movie characters whip out whenever there is a solar eclipse? Those are solar filters. NASA says either these or hand-held solar viewers are “the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun.” Or welder's glass shade number 14 or higher, depending on what your local metallurgist has available.

6. And keep them on.

At some point while watching the eclipse, you may feel the temptation to remove your solar filters. Please resist this temptation. This will result in your staring at the Sun directly, which as we have discussed previously, is a bad idea.

7. Don't get creative.

Because you have solar filters, you might think you can stare at the Sun using a telescope or a camera now. Remember the ants and the magnifying glass? Unless you have solar filters built specifically for attaching to the lens of a telescope or camera, that rule still applies.

8. Know when the totality occurs.

NASA calls the totality—when the moon eclipses the Sun completely and the normally invisible corona of the Sun appears—"one of nature's most awesome sights." NASA says this is the one and only time you can stare directly at the Sun (because the moon is blocking it), so go ahead and take off your filters.

9. And know when it stops.

But put them right back on because that Sun is hot.

10. Thank NASA for all it does.

Scientists with advanced degrees in chemistry and aeronautical engineering do not have to tell you staring at the Sun is dangerous. They do it because they care about you. Learn more about NASA at And ask them to share this article while you're at it. Happy viewing!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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An Incurable Disease Doesn't Change The Love I Have For You

Because one day the one you love the most is fine and the next day they're not, it causes devastation you never truly recover from.


Loving someone with an incurable disease is the most emotionally straining thing I have ever experienced.

My significant other and I have been together for almost six years. During the summer of 2018, we all noticed the significant changes he was going through. He had lost around fifty pounds and had a lack of appetite. We had figured something was going on, however, we didn't realize it was anything serious.

Fast forward to the Fall semester of 2018. I had visited my boyfriend and we had expressed certain concerns, such as, through the night I would try and get him to stop uncontrollably itching his legs to the point of bleeding, or that he was looking a little yellow and was exhausted all the time. After seeing his sister in November, while I was at school, she pleaded with him to go to urgent care because he did not look good. He was yellow, exhausted, and very sickly looking. We didn't realize that the urgent care visit would be the precedent of the rest of our lives.

After coming home for Thanksgiving and spending a week straight in the hospital with him, it finally set in that something was not right. Between all the vomit, getting moved for testing, the weakness, the constant calling for medications because the pain was so severe, and the almost month-long stay in the hospital, it hit me full force that something was really wrong. Words will never truly describe the emotions I was feeling, or the burden of my thoughts that I felt were too selfish to pass on anyone, so I kept them to myself.

When we finally got the diagnosis, we were surprised. PSC, otherwise known as Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, is an incurable liver disease that affects the bile ducts which become scarred and inflamed, more likely than not lead to cirrhosis and an inevitable transplant. There was no cure, rather the only solution was a liver transplant, and even then the disease can be recurring.

I was thinking selfishly. I was torn in two. What would our future look like? Could we have children? Could we ever do the things we used to?

Loving someone with an incurable disease is a mix of emotions. There is a constant fear in the back of my mind that he is going to wake up in intense pain and have to be rushed to the hospital. There is a constant fear of every time waiting for the bi-weekly blood test results to come back, in fear that his Bilirubin spiked again or he is undergoing a flare up and needs to be hospitalized. There is a constant anxiety that one day he's going to be fine, and the next day he won't be. Even the simple things, such as laying beside one another, was a constant fear I had, due to the pain he was in every day. What if I hit him in my sleep on accident? What if I accidentally hugged a little too tightly and caused him pain?

Loving someone with an incurable disease can be a fluctuation of emotions, however, he makes it worth it.


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