August 21, 2017 will bring a total solar eclipse to millions across the United States. You can’t safely view the Great American Eclipse with your bare eyes or even regular sunglasses, so be prepared in advance for this amazing event. If you have a 7-Eleven store nearby (here’s a 7-Eleven locator), stop in to buy special eclipse viewing glasses approved by the American Astronomical Society.
7-Eleven is one of a handful of U.S. retailers listed on the AAS website selling glasses with the “ISO 12312-1” seal, indicating they meet international safety standards for filters to view the sun directly.
Where to See the Eclipse
The 70-mile-wide path of totality of the coast-to-coast solar eclipse will cross 2,800 miles and 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina in just 90 minutes. However, partial eclipses will be visible in the U.S. throughout most of the continental 48 states. Why is this such a big deal? Because the last total solar eclipse visible in the U.S. occurred in 1979, and the last one to cross the entire country as the Great American Eclipse will was almost a century ago.
Other Sources of Solar Eclipse Glasses
You can take a look at the eclipse viewing glasses offered on Amazon.com, but it seems like the price was jacked up on many glasses at the time this was written. Call your local public library to see if they are hosting an eclipse viewing event where they will be handing out free glasses supplied by The Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL). You can check out the map of participating libraries across the country at the STARnet Libraries Hosting Eclipse Events page. There are tons of libraries listed, so you will likely have to hit the plus button on the map quite a few times to really zoom in to find the library that is closest to you. The AAS also has a list of approved vendors for safe eclipse viewing glasses.
Great American Eclipse on Social Media
For eclipse-followers who want to get the perfect solar selfie, 7-Eleven offers an exclusive shiny, selfie-inducing Chrome Dome Slurpee® cup and lid. The metallic dome top is perfect for taking reflective photos to be shared on social media, using the hashtags #7eleven and #solarselfie.
Other hashtags to use for posting photos, viewing photos and getting news and observations on social media during the Great American Eclipse are #greatamericaneclipse, #solareclipse2017 and #eclipse.