Catching sight of an eclipse is a wonderful event, and there are people who invest much time and love into chasing eclipses around the world. At its most basic, an eclipse occurs when one object passes through the shadow of another. While most people are familiar with solar eclipses, there are actually both solar and lunar eclipses and both are worth the effort if you're a serious stargazer; no words or photos can ever replace the experience of seeing an eclipse for yourself.
The total solar eclipse taking place Monday will undoubtedly be cool—it's the first one to cross the nation in 99 years—but it will also be dangerous. Except during the brief period where the sun is completely covered by the moon, looking directly at the eclipse isn't safe for the naked eye, according to NASA . Staring straight at the phenomenon could burn your retinas.