Excitement is building all around as the Total Eclipse heads its way to St. Louis on Monday. This is the first Total Eclipse that will cover the St. Louis area since the 1400’s…over 500 years ago…
A few points and interesting facts about the Total Solar Eclipse:
- Totally blind people can enjoy it as it is a sensory experience that includes temperature changes and wildlife may treat it as sunset moving to sunrise in a few minutes, birds may stop chirping and go to their nest.
- NASA has made a tactile map of the eclipse process with all the phases form partial to total and back to partial, and a map of the United States where it will be most prominent
- Eclipse Soundscapes allows those who are blind or visually impaired to experience the eclipse through their smart phone app. The project, from NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium, will include audio descriptions of the eclipse in real time, recordings of the changing environmental sounds during the eclipse, and an interactive “rumble map” app that will allow users to visualize the eclipse through touch. Learn more at eclipsesoundscapes.org
- View cautiously and with protection during the partial eclipse phase. One can look directly at the eclipse ONLY when it is Total, looking directly at the partial eclipse without protection can cause damage to the eye as the light from the sun is still so intense that it can burn part of the retina.