Monday's historic solar eclipse is only days away, and you won't want to miss it, the next one to be similarly visible for us won't be for another 7 years

While Monday's event won't be total for us here in Ocean County (we'll get a little less than 75% coverage), you'll definitely want to catch this one.

Seriously. We won't get a chance to see a total solar eclipse in our area until 2079 (May 1st, 2079 if you want to put it on your calendar).

Plus, as of right now the forecast for Monday is looking pretty good.

Sure, you could wait until April of 2024, but if it ends up being a cloudy day, you're out of luck!

Ok, so you already know not to look directly at the sun without eye protection, right? (Really, don't do it!).

You've got your eclipse glasses like the ones above, you tried them on, and you saw...nothing.

Eclipse glasses are thousands of times darker than normal sunglasses for a good reason, the Sun really is that strong!

So what will you see when you don your blackout glasses and stare right at the sky?

Something like this:

Photo by Justin Louis

So not to worry! Your glasses aren't broken. You didn't get ripped off and sold a pair of cardboard specs with black cellophane for lenses. They're supposed to look like that.

Seriously, though, if you haven't gotten special glasses yet, do so now. There are plenty of places to get them, and you'll want to be prepared for this possibly once in a lifetime event!

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