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What You Need to Know About the Solar Eclipse

13 August 2017

In a 70-mile wide band from central OR through SC, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible across the entire continental United States for the first time in nearly 40 years.

By now, you've heard about the total solar eclipse that will be crossing the country August 21. It shows that while a full eclipse and its 70-mile-wide band of shadow should be visible from all the way from Oregon to SC, the cities on that path with the best chances at clear skies are merely Salem, Oregon, Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Casper, Wyoming.

You can now take off your eye protection and look at the eclipsed sun because, at this point, daylight has faded into night. It begins at 1:17 pm Monday August 21st, reach its peak at 2:38 pm and end at 3:53 pm.

Check listings for additional air-times. With the date quickly approaching, and many stores selling out, people are wondering where to buy eclipse safety glasses.

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Ellison and her husband, Dr. Stephen Ellison, also an optometrist at Gainesville Eye Associates, shared information and tips for those interested in watching the eclipse. You could make your own pinhole projector to project the eclipse as a shadow on any flat surface. In other words, the moon is directly blocking the face of the sun, and all you can see is the corona of the sun around the moon's image. "You can get them anywhere, but you can't get them from NASA", Aguilar said. Pick glasses that are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 standard. The total event will be completed by 2:24 p.m., lasting a total of two hours and 47 minutes.

Examine your solar filters or eclipse glasses before using them. Similarly, sunglasses, safety glasses and other items like developed film can not properly protect your vision.

If you're planning to watch the partial eclipse, you should wear solar, or eclipse, glasses, according to NASA.

Eclipse viewing glasses also will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis on the library plaza, the news release said.

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Science Central's event Sunday will show people how to experience the solar eclipse safely during hands-on activities and demonstrations, the science center said on its website, www.sciencecentral.org.

NASA will host an Eclipse Megacast, providing unique coverage of the astronomical event that will include commentary from scientists and the public, as well as live footage of the phenomenon.

Get help from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, telescope or other optical device.

Enjoy! The last solar eclipse happened in St. Louis in 1442.

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What You Need to Know About the Solar Eclipse