The first visible solar eclipse since 1979 will take place today in America, and lucky for Decatur residents, Georgia is one of the states with the most eclipse totality. This means that while other states are only able to see the moon partially cover the sun, residents of Atlanta and the surrounding areas (especially the northern part of the state) will be able to see the moon cover nearly the entirety of the sun! Here are some helpful tips for watching the eclipse:
- Metro Atlanta is roughly 40-80 miles outside the center line NASA describes as the absolute peak area for the eclipse.
- The best spot for viewing the eclipse in Georgia is in Rabun County.
- The eclipse will begin at 2:35 p.m. and last for two minutes and 40 seconds.
- Fernbank Science Center is hosting a Great American Eclipse event that includes solar-filtered telescopes and programs throughout the day, including live streaming of the eclipse as it happens across the country.
- Georgia Tech will hand out eclipse glasses and live stream the eclipse in the Georgia Tech Observatory.
- There will be an official NASA viewing party at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Rabun County.
- Do not ever look directly at a solar eclipse, as you could severely damage your eyes. Instead, wear official "eclipse glasses" or welding safety glasses.
Metro Atlanta Solar Eclipse 2017 Guide: Where To Go, How To Watch [Patch]