Catherine Qualtrough, director of the UNC Charlotte Observatory, recently responded to a number of questions about the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. Read more here about what constitutes a solar eclipse and how often one occurs.
She also was a guest on WCNC, where she talked about preparing for the eclipse and offered safety tips, especially to avoid looking directly at the sun. Eclipse glasses are sold commercially that offer a filtered view of the eclipse; these glasses should not be removed during a partial eclipse, such as the one Charlotte will see on Monday.
For more important eye safety information, visit the NASA website.