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2017 Eclipse Information 

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On Monday, August 21, 2017, the first solar eclipse in the continental United States in 38 years will arc from Oregon to South Carolina going directly through Nebraska.
Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.
In Nebraska, the eclipse will travel 467 miles along the centerline in about 18 minutes according to National Eclipse.
Thousands of people will be viewing the eclipse in Nebraska and it is important to use the following safety tips to have the best experience possible during the eclipse.
Eye Safety during a Total Solar Eclipse
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.  NASA has noted the only safe way to look directly at partially eclipsed or uneclipsed Sun are via special-purpose solar filters, including "eclipse glasses" or hand-held solar viewers. For tips on how to protect your eyes while viewing the eclipse visit the NASA Eclipse page
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.
For more information, read NASA's How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely.
Heat Safety:
August is can be a hot and humid month in Nebraska. The average high is 88 degrees and the average low is 63 degrees. Your best defense against heat-related illness is prevention. Use these tips to stay safe and healthy during a heat wave:
  • Stay cool. Wear loose, light-colored clothing and sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 and has UVA and UVB protection
  • Keep hydrated. Drink plenty of water and don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.
  • Stay informed.  Check the local news for heat advisories, alerts and safety tips.
  • Watch for others. Do not leave children or pets in parked cars.

Get more information on ways to beat the heat!

Outdoor Safety
While enjoying Nebraska’s great outdoors, follow these safety tips to enjoy your time experiencing our great state:

  • Use bug spray.  Wear mosquito repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and some lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.
  • Check for ticks. Do frequent tick checks after being outdoors. How to remove a tick.
  • Swim safely. Have a responsible adult supervise children swimming or playing in or around water. Wear a life jacket when boating.
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