Seeing the solar eclipse


If you haven't heard about the total solar eclipse coming to America this summer - then perhaps you've been in the dark. It will take roughly 90 minutes for the moon to block the sun.

Here are the details about the actual event: the eclipse will pass through the US from OR to SC.

It might seem obvious, but you shouldn't expect to get a good view of the sky if you're on the street surrounded by skyscrapers. This wonderful coincidence gives us what we call a total solar eclipse - when the moon completely blocks out the sun for a short period of time. Just stop and really think: this is the first time a complete solar eclipse has gone coast to coast in America in nearly 100 years. If you're not able to get to one of the locations, you can always catch the eclipse live online.

Since the much-awaited total solar eclipse that will be seen across the United States is just nine weeks away, Tech Times has prepared a list of tips to make the experience more memorable. Special viewing glasses are the only safe way to watch the eclipse, and these are available free only at the Fayetteville Public Library. Originating in the wide open North Pacific and ending in the Atlantic well short of Africa, the path of totality will cover 8,600 miles from end to end. The screen shot below provides an overview.

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The solar eclipse is August 21 and it will be quite the sight. The Spokesman Review reports 19 of these lovely federal parks just happen to be within the path of totality and are prepared to welcome skywatchers. Camping parks are at full capacity for the eclipse and there will be a viewing party on Dreher Island.

For more information and links to websites for each of the refuges, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services page. How to know which solar eclipse glasses are safe.

Plus make sure there's no damage or light filtering through the lens. Retired NASA astrophysicist and photographer Fred Espenak has seen 27 solar eclipses and says although it only lasts for a few minutes, the experience is truly out of this world. Time says there is, and it's in Goreville, Illinois. The eclipse with cross the entire country from coast-to-coast for the first time since 1918. Last week, a man was driving through and saw a double rainbow overhead.

In a report from NBC 5 Chicago, the American Astronomical Society warns intense rays from the sun can be harmful and even blinding to the human eye without the right protection.

"Do not remove your solar eclipse glasses while you are looking at the sun", Wang states.

NEVER look at the eclipse with the naked eye, even at 93% coverage the Sun is still very bright and can cause eye damage. You'll get a sliver crescent of a sun remaining. Here's where you can find them.