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This Monday, August 21, the full effects of the first solar eclipse in over 30 years are set to begin around 2:30 p.m.
Moore County will experience over 90% totality — put in your zip code for the exact time and coverage amount. Even though totality will only last 2 minutes, it’s something you won’t want to miss. Here is your guide to everything eclipse in preparation for Monday:

Safety First: Get your glasses
Don’t underestimate the danger of looking directly at the sun, even if it is being covered by the moon. The risk of burning your eyes or driving during the event can ruin the fun and your life. If you’re not one of the hundreds of people in town on a waiting list at Burney Hardware, you can still purchase your solar viewers from the following NASA approved retailers: Circle K, Best Buy, Kirkland’s, Lowe’s Hardware, Southern Pines Public Library (You must have a current library card or be a resident of Southern Pines to receive yours.) 
Every place sold out? You can make your own eclipse viewer here using items you have around your house.

Where to View
Step outside of your office for 2 minutes to see it from anywhere in the area or attend any of the following parties:

Southern Pines: The All-American Eclipse Party at the Southern Pines Public Library. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Attendees will indulge in sun and moon themed treats and create astronomy-themed crafts. Eclipse glasses will be given to all of those in attendance.
Carthage: Family Solar Eclipse Party at the Moore County Library. 1 to 4 p.m. There will be food, space themed activities, and free viewing glasses provided to all who attend.
Pinehurst: Maybe you were left in the dark, but the Pinehurst Eclipse Experience is officially sold out. If you’re not one the lucky duckies that snagged tickets, try viewing it from Tufts Park or The Arboretum instead.

Host your own eclipse viewing party or have a picnic
With almost complete coverage in Moore County, go all out with themed snacks: Moon Pies, Sun Chips, SunDrop, Starburst, Milky Ways, Orbit gum. And curate the ultimate playlist: “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles, “Eclipse” by Pink Floyd, “Chasing the Sun” by Hilary Duff, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler, “Brighter Than the Sun” by Colbie Caillat.

Be prepared
The forecast calls for clouds and rain — but you can stream it online and on TV.  To live stream: visit  NASA’s website, The Weather Channel, and ABC. Or view a simulation online if it coincides with the work day or your kid’s nap time (they won’t be able to tell the difference between the real thing).

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