After months of anticipation, it is finally here: the Great American Eclipse of 2017. Today, August 21, millions of people across the United States will get the chance to experience one of the most incredible, celestial occurrences in the world when portions of the country is plunged into complete darkness for a few minutes of magic and wonder. As tempting as it may be to throw caution to the wind and sneak a peak at the total eclipse of the sun, doing so without the proper precautions can result in serious harm. That's is why I've rounded up some literary quotes about the moon and the sun to look at instead, because not all of us (mental head slap) snagged a pair of eclipse glasses on time.
The total solar eclipse is a breathtaking phenomenon that hasn't been visible in the United States since the 1970 occurrence 38 years ago. unfortunately, it's not something you can just go outside and look at without taking the proper precautions first. Unless you have specialized glasses that can protect your eyes, you run the risk of injuring your retina and causing serious damage, including blindness. Your UV sunglasses, bedroom window, and smartphone camera lens won't cut it either, so unless you're fully protected, you're going to have to sit this eclipse out and wait for the next one in 2024.
If you didn't get a chance to grab your special viewing glasses, find yourself stuck inside during the eclipse, or don't live somewhere where there's a good view, fear not, because you can still celebrate this momentous occasion with bookish quotes about the moon and the sun. Don't worry, no protective eye wear is needed to enjoy these beautiful views.