Great American Eclipse: FOX23 breaks down what you need to know

TULSA, Okla. — Quick facts:

  • The Great American Eclipse is set to move across the U.S. Monday.
  • People across the country have shown excitement as the event grows closer.
  • FOX23 compiled everything you need to need to know before Monday.
  • Eclipse coverage starts Monday at noon on FOX23 and

The incredibly rare Great American Eclipse is set to move across the country Monday, marking the first total solar eclipse to move across the United States from coast to coast since 1918.

FOX23 found out what you need to know before heading out to watch.

First, you're going to need special solar eclipse glasses to keep from burning your eyes.

If you purchased some through Amazon, you will want to double check your glasses after the company found that some of the glasses sold through their site were counterfeits.

If you can't find glasses, you can always create a pinhole projector to safely view the eclipse.

Some people say chasing eclipses is a way of life, and they will likely want to head to some of the best places in the nation to watch the cosmic event. Don't worry if you can't travel, though, because folks across Green Country will be able to see the eclipse, even if the area is outside the path of totality.

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You can even witness the eclipse from the sky, but you won't likely get a view quite like this.

If you don't want to watch the once-in-a-lifetime event alone, you can get together with others in Tulsa at a number of local gatherings.

Even area schools have worked to prepare for the phenomenon.

Hungry eclipse viewers can venture to a Waffle House or enjoy a special Krispy Kreme doughnut.

When you're out on the road, though, you'll want to be extra careful to avoid any potential road hazards.

You will also want to make sure your pets are safe during the eclipse. They may exhibit strange behavior or become fearful.

FOX23 meteorologists will continue to track weather conditions so you know what to expect Monday. Those near the West Coast will likely have the best viewing conditions. Some Oregon residents in a prime eclipse-viewing location are having to evacuate, though, as wildfires rage in the area.

If you want to take pictures, you'll need to make sure you first take some safety precautions. You can even use your smartphone to get that perfect shot.

Speaking of smartphones, those near the path of totality may have trouble with cell reception during the eclipse, and the celestial event could bring energy production to a near-halt in North Carolina.

What is the path of totality? People may be throwing around eclipse lingo that can be confusing, but don't worry, we've got you covered.

Even if you do understand the terms, you may be among those who try to find spiritual meaning in the scientifically-explained event. The Cherokee Nation shared their traditional origin story of the eclipse with FOX23.

Maybe the event has you singing "Total Eclipse of the Heart." If so, you may want to check out this cruise. Yes, Bonnie Tyler is singing her hit song Monday for those aboard.

Once again, no matter where you view the eclipse, make sure to take care of your eyes. An Oregon man said he didn't take necessary safety precautions, and he's still having eye trouble more than 50 years later.

One Tulsa family is making special plans to recreate a 63-year-old photo during the Great American Eclipse Monday. Let us know what you're doing for the eclipse on the FOX23 Facebook page.


If you want to learn more, here's what not to do during the event.

FOX23's Great American Eclipse coverage begins Monday at noon on FOX23 and