Let This Adorable 8-Year-Old Genius Explain How To Safely Watch The Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse

Everything you need to know for Monday's natural phenomenon.

If you still don't know everything about the upcoming solar eclipse that will occur on Monday, August 21, across the entire United States, don't worry — this adorable 8-year-old genius has you covered. Romanieo Golphin Jr. — from Silver Springs, Md. — joined Jimmy Kimmel last night to explain what you need to know about the epic event.

This kid, who studies organic chemistry and particle physics at a university level, wants to be an astronaut when he grows up. Showing off his knowledge, Romanieo explains what a solar eclipse actually is: "The sun is shining on the moon and it casts its shadow on the Earth."

While this will be a total solar eclipse — when the moon will completely block the sun — there are other types such as an annular eclipse, a hybrid eclipse, and a partial eclipse. The best place to see this event is anywhere along the path of totality, which NASA explains will be a thin line from Oregon to South Carolina, but it will be visible in all parts of the United States. The big moment when the moon will completely block out the sun will only last, at most, for about two minutes and 40 seconds. Those not in the path of totality will be able to see a partial eclipse.

To be able to partake in all this fun, though, you'll need some protection. This will come in the form of solar glasses, telescopes with solar filters, or another one of NASA's other suggestions. As Kimmel's special guest notes, "it is not dangerous unless you're trying to look at the sun" without the right equipment because that can lead to permanent eye damage or blindness.

One thing Romanieo does explain to Kimmel is just how rare a natural phenomenon like this actually is. The sun, moon, and Earth all have to come into perfect alignment and the moon has to be at the new moon stage of its cycle. It's pretty tough for all of this to sync up perfectly — which is why this is such a big deal.

Per NASA, all is not lost if you're not in the perfect spot for this total solar eclipse — even though the last one was way back on February 26, 1979. That's because you don't have to wait decades to see the next one. Following this upcoming Monday, the next total solar eclipse will be visible from Texas to Maine, that'll be the path of totality, on April 8, 2024.

Check out Romanieo's visit with Jimmy Kimmel here:

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