August 21 Solar Eclipse

On August 21st people around the world will experience a rare solar eclipse. The moon will cover at least part of the sun for two to three hours. On that day, the eclipse will be visible in Prince George County.

While this is an exciting and rare event, please take precautions should you decide to view the eclipse.

According to a statement from the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the American Astronomical Society (AAS), there is only one way to safely view the solar eclipse.

“Use approved solar eclipse viewers. The only safe way to view a partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses" or viewers that meet international standard ISO 12312-2 for safe viewing. Sunglasses, smoked glass, unfiltered telescopes or magnifiers, and polarizing filters are unsafe.”

We anticipate there may be some congestion on the roadways, as some people may travel to get a better vantage point.

You might want to take a little later lunch break that day to witness this historical event yourself.   Be smart, be safe and have fun!