Safety During the Eclipse
by Pierre J. Moeser, MD

The solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, dubbed by some as The Great American Eclipse, is remarkable for several reasons. It is a total solar eclipse and the path of totality will cut a 70-mile wide swath over single country, the USA, from Oregon to South Carolina. This transcontinental phenomenon has not occurred in the U.S. since 1918. The very location of this eclipse makes it a huge draw for millions of people.

Three safety items are worth remembering:

1. Safety while viewing: Everyone looking at the sun during the partial eclipse phase must wear special eye protection. Only during the brief period of totality can the sun be viewed without specialized eclipse glasses or specialized binoculars/telescopes or an eclipse-viewing box.

2. Safety while driving: Viewing the eclipse will be possible anywhere in the continental United States but unless you are located in the path of totality where the moon totally covers the sun, you will see the moon covering only part of the sun (a partial eclipse). Twelve million people live within the 70-mile wide path of totality and another 25 million live within a dayís drive. Transportation authorities expect traffic problems of epic proportions.

3. Safety while flying: A few aviation magazines have pointed out the advantages of being a pilot. If itís cloudy where you are trying to view the eclipse, you can always fly to another location. Herein lies the danger. If pilots are flying VFR in class E or class G airspace, collision avoidance is left up to the pilots alone. Who is looking at the eclipse and who is looking for traffic? Near class B, C, and D airspaces, air traffic controllers may be overworked. In the past, a commercial jetliner flew along the path of a total eclipse to prolong the experience. Consider all of the above if you plan to take to the air on August 21, 2017.

Make your plans now, get your eclipse glasses, and be safe.

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