Some things you might not know about Monday’s solar eclipse

The total solar eclipse is today! Here’s some stuff you might not know:

It’s been 38 years since the last total solar eclipse. Fortunately, if you miss it today, you won’t have to wait that long again. The next time that the US will be able to see a total solar eclipse is in seven years, on April 8th, 2024.

Eventually, far in the future, there won’t be any total solar eclipses, because the moon is drifting further and further from Earth. Luckily for us, it won’t happen until somewhere between 500 million and a billion years from now.

Animals could go nuts during the eclipse! According to zoo experts, nocturnal animals like owls could wake up and start looking for food; elephants will freak out and make a bunch of noise; and armadillos could jump three to four feet in the air, which is something they do when they’re scared.

And if you’re stuck inside, NASA will be doing a massive livestream during the entire eclipse from 11 to 3 at nasa.gov, so you’ll still be able to see it.

Remember to NEVER look at a solar eclipse without proper eye wear! Enjoy today’s historic event safely!

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