Ready, Set, Eclipse! 

There's only one week left before the total solar eclipse crosses Idaho—are you prepared?

click to enlarge - Idahoans are advised to prep for the Aug. 21 eclipse just like they did for winter snowstorms. -  - 123RF
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  • Idahoans are advised to prep for the Aug. 21 eclipse just like they did for winter snowstorms.
Some people have been on the total solar eclipse-viewing bandwagon for month, while others are just now making plans for the big day. For all comers, space.com is the all-inclusive stop for Eclipse Prep 101. With only a week left until the Monday, Aug. 21, eclipse crosses Idaho, the online haven for space-related journalism published a final set of tips and tricks to help astronomy buffs get a safe view.

Sourced from American Astronomical Society Solar Eclipse Task Force co-chair and University of Missouri Director of Astronomy Angela Speck, the tips range from the predictable to the unexpected. Those in the path of totality are advised not only to wear eclipse glasses, but also to "prepare as if there were a major storm headed your way—fill up your gas tank, do your grocery shopping a few days early [and] have some emergency supplies on hand."

To read all of Speck's advice and her description of what to look for in the sky that morning (hint: it includes stars, planets and the corona of the sun), check out the space.com article here.


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