It鈥檚 nearly #SolarEclipse2017 time, and in your haste, you may have missed the opportunity to go out and get yourself a pair of glasses in order to safely view the rare phenomenon as it hits the US. But, according to NASA, you聽can聽use your iPhone or other smart phones to safely snap pics of the solar event without damaging your phone.

Because of the iPhone鈥檚 (and other smartphones鈥) magnification abilities, you shouldn鈥檛 need a solar lens to safely snap the partial (or total, depending on where you live) eclipse. While you probably shouldn鈥檛 try to get a full shot of the totality, you can get a great snap of it in a wide shot, maybe of your friends or family in the foreground, or a landscape shot with the sun and moon in the background.

NASA also recommends manually adjusting your focus, as autofocus won鈥檛 be able to get the same clarity in the snap. They also suggest using a timer in order for your smartphone to be as still as possible before taking the pic. NASA notes that without a lens attachment, however, the solar eclipse will probably look fairly pixelated on your phone, so don鈥檛 expect perfection.

If you have a DSLR or other digital camera, you can snap some pics of the solar eclipse, but you will definitely need a solar filter to protect your camera from damage. Business Insidernotes that if you have a local camera shop, you can pop in and grab some filters, but barring that, a piece of No. 14 welder鈥檚 glass over the lens of your camera should keep it safe.

You鈥檒l only have a few short minutes to get your pic, so before the event, make sure you鈥檙e set up. Ideally, a zoom lens that is at least 300mm but at most 1000mm will work the best (and the bigger the better, obvs). Remember to keep your flash off and keep your camera at a low ISO (your camera鈥檚 light sensitivity sensor).

While the eclipse is a rare cosmic event, don鈥檛 fret if you don鈥檛 get your own snaps, or if they don鈥檛 turn out perfectly 鈥 there will be plenty of opportunities to check out video and photos online during and after the event.

Are you in the direct line of the solar eclipse? Tell us where @BritandCo!

(Photo via Reuters)