Apr 5, 2024 - News

😎 Bill Nye's eclipse viewing tips

A photo of Bill Nye the science guy in eclipse glasses

Bill Nye, sporting a nifty pair of eclipse glasses. Photo: Courtesy of the Planetary Society

Bill Nye — yes, the science guy — will head to Central Texas this weekend as part of the Planetary Society's two-day camping festival in Fredericksburg for Monday's total solar eclipse.

  • Fredericksburg, an International Dark Sky Community, is expected to experience 4 minutes and 24 seconds of darkness, among the longest in the country.
  • Dallas-Fort Worth also lies within the path of totality.

Here are Nye's eclipse-viewing tips:

Stop and listen: "When it really goes completely dark, it's just amazing. The birds chirp; the crickets cricket. There's usually a bit of a breeze because the ground gets cool and then that cold air is squeezing the warm air up."

Skip the selfie: "Try to be in the moment. Do not focus — pun intended — on taking pictures. Try to just really be there. It's cool."

Look up: "While looking through your eclipse glasses, look out for a couple of bright points of light at the edges, as the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth."

  • "You might see two or even three very bright points of light, and that's where the light is passing by mountains and valleys on the Moon. If I may, how cool is that?"

Look around: "And then if you have the presence of mind, don't just look up at the sky in the darkness. Look around. Just look at what everybody else is doing. And of course listen and feel the breeze."

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