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Photographing The Solar Eclipse: What You Need To Know

No doubt the Solar Eclipse on Monday has been one of the biggest news stories over the past month. People everywhere are excited for the phenomenon with schools using it as a science lesson & other people having viewing parties. If you have just decided to take part, but haven't gotten the special glasses to look at it, you might be out of luck with a lot of places completely sold out. So your best bet might be to make NASA's easy pinhole projector using a cereal box. 

But what if you want to capture the Solar Eclipse with your camera? There are definitely some things that you need to know before you point & click. Among other things, NASA says to be safe--not only do you need safety glasses for your eyes, but you also need a special filter for your camera to protect it. (Yes, your camera can get damaged without one.) They also recommend practicing in advance. Translation: don't wait until the big event to get familiar with your camera (and that includes smartphone cameras.) Click HERE to see all of NASA's 5 Tips For Photographing The Solar Eclipse.

Here are some of the other things you need to know about Monday's Solar Eclipse:

NASA: How To Safely View The Solar Eclipse

Amazon Issues A Warning About Some Solar Eclipse Glasses Sold On The Site

How Tampa Bay Area Schools Will Keep Kids Safe & The Local School District That Will Count Monday As An Excused Absence

How To Make NASA's Pinhole Projector

And if you decide to just stay inside & rely on the experts to bring you a professional viewing of the eclipse, you can stay up-to-date with NASA's live stream by clicking HERE or see their live twitter feed below.