The 21 Best Solar Eclipse Memes

Brace yourselves ... solar eclipse posts are coming.

The solar eclipse is almost here. Monday’s lunar event is the first time in 99 years that a total eclipse will cross the United States. Those living in one of the 14 states the spectacle will pass over are in for a treat: the moon will come between the sun and the earth, leaving a ring of light around its surface. Oregon will be first to see the eclipse, at 10:19 a.m. Pacific, and South Carolina will be last at 2:44 p.m. Eastern.

It’s an exciting moment. But as doomsday eclipse theorists declare the event as the end of the world, and stargazing fans develop ingenious ways to shield their eyes from the cosmic rays shining down, the internet has done what it does best and made some hilarious memes. Social media users have taken full advantage of the event to come up with some out-of-this-world takes on this rare astronomical phenomenon. Here are 21 of our favorites:

The creative sun tan

Passing the time


When you forget to prepare


The Simpsons weighs in


Coming through

In case you can’t see the eclipse


If you don’t get the right eye protection


Getting the right eye protection


Lookin’ good!


What the optometrists are thinking


Get ready for a flood of photos!


Ready for the close-up

That’s no moon!

That’s definitely not a moon!

Jyn Erso gets it

Everyone is getting ready

A science explainer

A more accurate explainer

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