Where Will You be During the August 21 Solar Eclipse?

very nice black cat with yellow eyes

There are certain “where were you” moments in life, such as when I was a very young girl – where was I when I heard John F. Kennedy was shot, or when I was in my late 20’s – where was I when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, or when I was in my early 40’s – where was I when the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred. While today’s solar eclipse is not an event mired in tragedy, it is triggering nationwide attention and is something I know I will remember in my mind for years to come.

For me, the solar eclipse is scheduled to peak at 2:57:40 pm EDT, when the moon obscures 79.9% of the sun. I will be with my co-workers and I’ll probably be watching it live streaming on the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 App I downloaded for my iPhone.

I don’t have safety glasses and I don’t plan on risking my eyesight to look at this phenomenon. My cats will be home, safe and sound, most likely napping through the entire eclipse without even a momentary thought that something different was going on in their day. Now, if the eclipse was later in the day, say around an hour before dinner time, that would be an entirely different story, as that’s the time they begin early pacing to eat.

Rolz speaks on behalf of all the cats in my house…

So, where will you be during the eclipse and how do you plan on looking at it? If you’d like to find out what time the eclipse will peak in your area and the obscurity percentage, please visit this link – all you do is plug in your zip code and it figures it out for you! If you will be outside, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE be safe and make sure you are wearing the properly  endorsed eye wear from The American Astronomical Society – there’s a lot of unscrupulous scammers out there trying to make a quick buck and you can never be too careful. For more information of what glasses are safe and instructions on how to view the eclipse, please visit their official site here.

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  1. I’ll be here at home with the kitties. I’m going to watch it via NASA’s livestream. We are going to be 92% obstructed apparently!

  2. Ingrid King says:

    I managed to get a pair of eclipse glasses, so I’ll hopefully be able to watch it. It’s supposed to be partly cloudy here this afternoon, but at least we should be able to get glimpses of it. I suspect Allegra and Ruby will mostly be bothered by the 2 or so minutes of sun puddle interruption!

  3. Roby Sweet says:

    Here in Maryland, we’ll get about 80% totality. I work from home, so I plan on taking an extended break to watch, with my certified eclipse glasses. Cats will probably sleep through it. 🙂

  4. It is only going to be around 80% here in Michigan (and maybe less because our forecast is for overcast at that time). I didn’t get any glasses either, so I will be inside watching on TV (safely away from the madness and will keep my eyes safe!) xoxo

  5. The eclipse has just started around here, and soon I’m going to take off for the nearest Science Center to try to catch a glimpse via telescope. If not, then I’ll rewatch on the TV later tonight. I regularly watch meteor showers and lunar eclipses, or when a planet is really bright. The sky is wonderous!

  6. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    guyz….we saw de eclipse in R mindz eye…all waz dark heer in trout towne snooze land 🙂 de food gurl saw it bout 3/4 eclipsed….prette awesum !! 🙂 ♥♥

  7. jmuhj says:

    I was looking at it live via NASA and saw the totality in Oregon while working here with my 3 happily unaware cats in L.A. Metro. Got to see the corona and the “diamond” which were truly awe-inspiring and I can imagine how such an event must have made my — and all of our — ancestors very concerned. I must admit it made me tense when the light changed! and I went outside and took some pics of the yard in the weird light, plus one of the sun (not looking!)

  8. We were sleeping. Just another day for us cats. The mom was outside watching it with the neighbors. She was the only one with the special glasses, so she shared them.

  9. Ellen Pilch says:

    We only had 60 % coverage and it clouded over.

  10. Cathy Keisha says:

    I was home with Pop but TW went to the bank. She got home seconds before the eclipse so they livestreamed it from NASA. There was too much of a cloud cover here to actually see anything even if we looked. We even heard Amazon had to recall some of their eclipse glasses cos they couldn’t vouch for their safety. I like the cat version I share on my Stunning Keisha FB page better.