A Solar Eclipse can potentially damage your eyes beyond repair
Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Monday, the 21st, will be the first day of school for many Broward County School students. A Solar Eclipse will take place on the same day. The most damaging effects to eyes would be around 2:30pm in the afternoon.
During that time Broward County School students will remain inside.
Broward district public school activities will be limited between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m will be moved indoors, including:
- Athletic practices
- Band practices
- Aftercare programs
Students at Catholic schools in Miami-Dade and Broward will be released from school at 11:30 a.m. to view the eclipse at home.
Outdoor activities at all schools will resume after 4:30 p.m.
The school board is urging parents to discuss the dangers of looking at a solar, with their children, and urging that everyone viewing the eclipse must take proper precautions to protect their eyes during this phenomenal event.
For more information on the Broward County School system please visit their website at http://www.browardschools.com/.
For your enjoyment here are a few links concerning the upcoming solar eclipse!
You can buy solar glasses at many retailers across South Florida, which will make it safe to view the event.
When Does a Solar Eclipse Occur?
Solar eclipses can only happen around New Moon because of the alignment of Earth, the Moon, and the Sun which happens at that time. This does not mean that eclipses of the Sun happen every New Moon night.
The New Moon and the Sun also have to be near a lunar node, it happens a little less than 6 months apart, and lasts, on average, around 34.5 days.
The lunar nodes are 2 points where the plane of the Moon’s orbital path around Earth meets Earth’s orbital plane around the Sun, the ecliptic.