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Failing that Brits will need to wait a while longer for the next big eclipse as the UK's next total eclipse isn't expected until September 23, 2090.

The solar eclipse is this Monday, Aug. 21. In fact, between 85%-90% of the Sun will be eclipsed by the moon. Sunglasses can not be used in place of solar viewing glasses.

The total eclipse will cut through only a 70-mile-wide band of the country, stretching from the Northwest to the Southeast US. "The next one for North America is 7 years and we won't really get that much coverage here". Devils Tower National Monument is expecting 95% totality of the eclipse.

Starting at noon on August 18, the downtown Harrisonburg branch of Massanutten Regional Library will be handing out free solar eclipse glasses.

"We're not entirely sure what we're going to get crowd size wise", said Lara Eakins, program coordinator for the astronomy department at UT.

In the Raleigh area, the eclipse should be visible from about 1:16 p.m.to 4:06 p.m. The region will see about 60 percent of the sun blocked by the moon on Monday.

The sun's light can effectively burn your eyes the way it can burn your skin.

It also states, "To protect your eyes when viewing the sun or an eclipse, NASA and the American Astronomical Society (AAS) advise you to use solar eclipse glasses or other solar filters from recommended manufacturers".

"Employees should be instructed that they may only observe the solar eclipse while on an official break from job duties and not during regular work hours", the memo says. You can also buy them at stores that haven't sold out yet. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.

NASA's GLOBE Observer encourages participants to collect and report cloud and air temperature data via their smartphones.

Eclipse glasses are available for the Tucson area at Flandrau Planetarium on the University of Arizona campus and Starizona, 5757 N. Oracle Road, No. 103.

The Eclipse Soundscapes project will create an open-source database of audio recordings of human and wildlife sounds during the eclipse.

After her mother sent her some eclipse glasses, Kingsfield said she noticed a difference right away.

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