Apr 4, 2024 - News

Eclipse prep: Bill Nye's tips for viewing

A photo of science guy, Bill Nye, wearing a bowtie and eclipse glasses while staring at the sun.

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

Bill Nye — yes, the science guy — chatted with Axios Austin's Nicole Cobler ahead of his trip to central Texas for Monday's total solar eclipse.

What they're saying: Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society, offered up seven tips for a spectacular eclipse experience.

  1. Stop and listen: "When it really goes completely dark, it's just amazing. The birds chirp; the crickets cricket."
  2. 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."
  3. 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?"

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