Hayesville is in the path of totality for the Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017!
August 21, 2017 will see the first solar eclipse on the United States mainland since 1979 and it will be the first eclipse to sweep across the entire country since 1918.
Our area will be in the direct path of the eclipse and Hayesville is one of the few places in the center, where viewers will see a total solar eclipse!
The Partial phase will start at: 1:05:53PM and the Totality of the eclipse will begin at 2:34:41 PM and last for 2 minutes and 33 seconds.
The ONLY safe time to look at an eclipse with the naked eye is during the TOTAL phase of a TOTAL eclipse. And even then, you must ALWAYS use eye protection any time any piece of the Sun’s bright disk is visible. It is NEVER safe to look at the partial phases of an eclipse without proper protection. Seeing a total eclipse can in fact be done quite safely with proper eye protection. But if you choose to stare at the Sun, outside of the window of time that it is being covered completely by the moon, and/or without proper equipment and techniques to ensure your safety, then you will likely do damage to your eyes. So, don’t do that.
The only way to safely look at the Sun when it is not in total eclipse is through approved filter material designed and marketed expressly for direct solar viewing. Eclipse glasses are very inexpensive and may be purchased from: eclipse2017.org. You can also find additional and up to date information at eclipse2017.org