“Yes, I am well aware that nature — or what we call nature: that totality of objects and processes that surrounds us and that alternately creates us and devours us — is neither our accomplice nor our confidant.” -Octavio Paz
For most of us heading to the path of totality, we’re in for an incredible experience. If we get clear skies, it will take roughly an hour for the Moon to pass in front of the Sun’s disk completely, and after that we’ll get just over two minutes of totality: an experience like no other. Yet if you’re not careful — or if you get too excited about one particular thing — you might miss the best parts.
A lot of photography enthusiasts are planning to capture the eclipse on film (or digitally), but that may be a very poor decision. Others are planning on using binoculars to get a better view of the corona, but that has extreme dangers. Others aren’t sure whether they need their eclipse glasses or what all the things they should look for and try to experience are. But there are too many scientists passionate about getting the right information out there to let this event go by without sharing that knowledge and wonder with the world.