Heading to OR for the solar eclipse? Better plan ahead

Pablo Tucker
August 13, 2017

Also, the lunar eclipse is longer than the solar eclipse and can be viewed from various parts of the world. For those under 38 years old, there hasn't been a single total eclipse in the US.

The "Great American Eclipse" will nearly completely shut out the sun.

On March 7, 1970, the path of totality ran up the east coast of the United States. Some 90 minutes later, it will have made its way through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee and SC.

Vox has created an online tool for people to be able to see exactly what the eclipse will look like from their specific zip code.

Although the Parsons area will experience a almost total solar eclipse on August 21, looking at the sun without protection still will be hazardous to people's eyes.

Traffic will likely be heavy on any road between a major city and the eclipse path.

Mankind has observed eclipses since the dawn of time. Only viewers in that 70 mile swath, Topeka is not in that area, can safely witness the 2 or so minutes of total eclipse with the naked eye. Throughout the cities in the eclipse's direct path, hotel rooms are completely booked for the night prior as excited stargazers prepare for the event.

That means you won't get see that one, but your great, great, great, great, great, great grandchildren will.

With regard to humanity's fascination with solar eclipses, Stojkovic adds, "Our sun is directly related to all forms of life on Earth, so its disappearance, even for a few minutes, was historically associated with some dire predictions - like natural catastrophes, big wars, deaths of kings, etc". "Even if the sun is 99 percent covered, you still need to wear glasses because that 1 percent is still enough to do irreparable damage to your eyes". "This is actually the region of the sun where solar activity comes from, where space weather comes from, which is something that I study very closely".

Expect the moon to start crossing the sun from a little after 1 PM to just after 4 PM on Monday August 21st with totality around 2:45 PM.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the Sun, blocking our view of the sun. In order to help consumers purchase the correct glasses, the American Astronomical Society has placed a list of approved vendors on their website, https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters. But Blair said people should make sure the glasses are ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certified. However, it was not a total solar eclipse but rather an annular eclipse, which is when the Moon's diameter appears smaller than the sun's, causing the sun to look like an annulus ring.

If they get scratched, punctured, or torn, do not use them.

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