The total solar eclipse is two short weeks away in North America, and is one of the most highly anticipated photographic experiences in nature.
B&H Photo has a great landing page of gear and accessories that will help you safely enjoy photographing and viewing the solar eclipse.
What is the Eclipse?
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun in its orbit. A shadow is cast on the surface of the Earth and day turns to night for several minutes when the sun, moon, and Earth are aligned.
Where is the eclipse?
The 2017 North American Total Eclipse will transit from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic, passing over Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. The point of greatest total eclipse duration is southeast of St. Louis, Missouri, and the point of greatest totality is northwest of Nashville, Tennessee.
When is the Eclipse?
Aug 21, 17:16 UTC
The eclipse shadow makes landfall in Oregon and begins its supersonic transit across the country. The entire transit of the shadow across the United States will take 1hr 33m 16.8s.
How to View Safely
If you want to view the eclipse directly, you must wear certified eclipse viewing glasses. Only during the few moments of totality is it OK to view the eclipse with the naked eye—when the sun is completely blocked by the moon. Even when 99% of the sun is blocked, you can still suffer burns to your retinas. DO NOT view the eclipse with the naked eye, or through an unfiltered lens.