Get ready for the solar eclipse
Long Island will experience a solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21

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Get ready for the solar eclipse

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
8/17/2017


On Monday, Aug. 21, Long Island will experience a solar eclipse, something that occurs relatively infrequently. The last total solar eclipse seen in the United States was in Hawaii in 1991. Our 50th state won’t get much of a view this time around, though. Nor will local denizens, either. In fact, the best place to see the total eclipse on the East Coast will be in Charleston, S.C. But there’s no need to head south. There will be enough of the eclipse visible here beginning just before 2 p.m up to 4 p.m. 

Special glasses are required when viewing the celestial image head-on. Never look into the eclipse without wearing special glasses designed to protect your eyes. 

According to NASA (www.nasa.org), beyond damaging retinas, there’s no evidence that eclipses have any other physical effect on humans. However, as per the SPCA (www.suffolkspca.org), it has quite a different effect on animals. Still, the organization said that domestic animals should only experience a mild reaction. After all, our area will not be in total blackout. There are some things to be aware of, though. In a press release, the SPCA noted:

“Since the eclipse is silent, there is no noise that typically might scare pets like fireworks or thunder during a storm. The temperature will drop suddenly by about 10 degrees and usually birds stop chirping and calling, which makes things eerie.  Pets and animals often react as if it’s about to be a heavy rainstorm. So if your dog reacts to storms, they will be getting visual cues, but no barometric pressure or precipitation, and so might get anxious in anticipation. Also, shadows get much sharper and come at different angles. So if your dog is a watcher, they might get a little suspicious about what they are seeing.  We suggest keeping pets leashed during the eclipse just to be safe.”

Remember, during the eclipse, follow the aforementioned safety tips for pets and humans and enjoy the show.