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What you need to know about this month's total solar eclipse

12 Août 2017

"I'm surprised at how few Montana sites there are", she said.

NASA also went ahead and created this map, which combines the likelihood of clear skies with the eclipse path of totality. There's another good chance to see a total eclipse in Oklahoma on April 8, 2024.

Blair said the moon will begin to cover the sun around 1:03 p.m.

A solar eclipse takes place when the orbit of the moon puts it the path of the sun's rays beaming toward Earth.

The Great American Eclipse, the first solar eclipse visible in all of America since 1979, is coming up fast.

Enjoy! The last solar eclipse happened in St. Louis in 1442. Only during totality is it safe to look directly at the eclipse with the naked eye.

People watch a partial eclipse in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 20, 2015. If you miss this eclipse, you may have to wait until the year 2045 to see another. The total event will be completed by 2:24 p.m., lasting a total of two hours and 47 minutes. "I think these days people use the word "awesome" to mean cool or neat, but I think the word "awesome" was inspired by seeing a total eclipse".

What you need to know about this month's total solar eclipse
What you need to know about this month's total solar eclipse

Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun.

Permanent damage can occur just from glancing at the sun. Our sister site has a complete guide for how to view an eclipse safely. "That'll be an opportunity for us to take video, and take still pictures and kind of show you from the human perspective what that's going to look like". But eye protection is needed during the partial eclipse before and after.

"I'm not really sure if we have a forecast model or if we'll have to make manual adjustments", said Mike Bardou, a National Weather Service meteorologist. There will be a catered lunch, and those participating will receive free eclipse viewing glasses.

This has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse because it will only be visible from the United States. It's a rare experience that's about to become more common, and if eclipse chasers are to be believed, one that will leave a lot of us in speechless awe.

Those in southern IL, near Carbondale, can catch the total eclipse. These provide a popular way for viewing solar eclipses. Stars also can appear. Some people will be staying in hotels here and driving to other towns to see a longer eclipse view.

14 Number of states in the path of totality from coast to coast. It will be an interesting astronomical event but not as dramatic as totality. Airbnb, an internet service that allows people to rent out portions of their home to travelers, reports that of the bookings for the eclipse, 68 percent of hosts are hosting a guest for the first time this year. The SDSU Society of Physics Students will host a campus viewing session near the west entrance to the Student Union Aug. 21 and will have free eclipse glasses available at that location starting the morning of the event.

The College of Idaho's Whittenberger Planetarium hosted several events in preparation for the eclipse.

What you need to know about this month's total solar eclipse