Total solar eclipse mania is sweeping the United States, and we’ve put together a list of questions and answers to help you enjoy the show.
• When is it happening? Monday, August 21, 2017. The graphic below shows the details for when you’ll be able to see it in Denver. This site can also give you the details for any other city.
• What exactly is it? Wikipedia says, “A solar eclipse (as seen from the planet Earth) is a type of eclipse that occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and when the Moon fully or partially blocks (“occults”) the Sun. This can happen only at new moon when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth in an alignment referred to as syzygy. In a total eclipse, the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon.”
• When was the last one? The last time there was a total solar eclipse in North America was on July 11, 1991.
• When did people start tracking solar eclipses? The first record of a solar eclipse dates to 3340 BCE, and was discovered at the Loughcrew Cairn L Megalithic Monument in Ireland. The NASA website says, “a set of spiral-shaped petroglyphs that might correspond to a solar eclipse which occurred on November 30, 3340 BCE. The symbols display a consistent coding of the sun, moon and horizon, and of the 92 tracks of total solar eclipses, only the one for 3340 BCE visible at this site displayed the same geometric relationships.”
Also, ancient Chinese records from around 2200 BCE describe a solar eclipse by saying “the sun has been eaten.” We think that’s pretty neat.
• Is it safe to look directly at the solar eclipse? This important. The short answer is NO. But here’s NASA’s answer: “Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight.”
• How can TGS help me celebrate the eclipse? We’re glad you asked. From Monday, August 21 through August 23, we’re offering our famous Tulip Pre-Roll (2.5g of Premium Flower) to Loyalty Card members for just $15. That’s a staggering 42% off the regular price. If you want to reserve your Tulip online, just type TULIP in the Discount Code box on the checkout page to get this fabulous deal.
Now you have the details to enjoy this momentous occasion. Try to get outside on Monday and take a peek, but be safe!