Ready For The Solar Eclipse? Here's How To View It Safely

Carla Harmon
August 12, 2017

It crosses the country from OR to SC. The moon will pass between the sun and the earth, blocking all or part of the sun, depending on where you are.

If using a telescope, make certain the appropriate filter is in place before pointing it at the sun.

Remember this: hope for no clouds!

This eclipse was also noticeable because it was the first solar eclipse of the millennium. The new NASA app, "Eyes on the Eclipse", simulates what the sun will look like as it passes through the sky on august 21. Sunglasses, smoked glasses and other filters still will allow harmful radiation to reach your eyes. At 2:44 p.m., it will be at its maximum coverage, about 70 percent, and the partial eclipse will end at 4 p.m., according to NASA. Utah will finally be in the path of a total solar eclipse-in 2045.

"The sun can be viewed safely with the naked eye only during the few brief seconds or minutes of a total solar eclipse", NASA says on its eclipse website. But in the context of the cosmos, all the term "eclipse" means is one cosmic body moving in front of another, at least partly obscuring it. You can replicate an eclipse by holding a flashlight and waving your hand slowly across it.

In a tweet Thursday, library officials said residents can visit numerous branches scattered throughout the city to snag a pair of the so-called "eclipse glasses" that will allow them to safely stare toward the sky as the moon passes across the sun.

The states where the Great American Eclipsewill be seen in totality include Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and SC.

Leonard Bates, 80, was just nine years old when he saw his first eclipse.

People not in the path will experience a partial eclipse.

About 12 million people live in the path of totality for the August 21 eclipse.

Take your smartphone camera game to the next level by using the time-lapse feature to capture the solar eclipse.

Finally, if you are interested in watching the solar eclipse from anywhere, there are some things you need to know.

And then there was the most popular query about whether or not someone looking at an eclipse without eclipse glasses will actually go blind.

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.

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