How to watch the Great American Eclipse safely

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The eclipse is the first total solar eclipse to occur in the continental United States since 1972. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature's most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. People along a 70-mile swath of the mainland from Lincoln City, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, will spend two to three minutes in the dark as the moon totally covers the sun. The eclipse is expected to reach totality in southern IL about 1:25 p.m. Fort Wayne time, but the moon's gradual movement in front of and then away from the sun will be visible for about three hours on each side of the total eclipse, he said. (Find detailed maps and viewing tips here.) And remember: Don't look directly at the sun. The teams with these balloons will have a duplicate card that they keep on the ground; NASA will later compare the two cards to learn more about how life forms react when they're exposed to such extreme conditions. More than 250 million Americans live within 600 miles of the solar eclipse path, which will undoubtedly lead to many late-season trips to do some skyward gazing.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun.

By weird he means everywhere the sun casts a shadow, or shines through small holes, it produces images of itself, so when the normal "disc" of the sun becomes a crescent in a partial eclipse, the sun's images get distorted, and so do shadows.

Shirley Greene, a science teacher at Lewis and Clark Middle School and a NASA Solar System Ambassador, will speak about the 93 percent solar eclipse that will occur in Billings on August 21.


A total solar eclipse can usually be seen somewhere on Earth every 18 months. This is when the moon is between the sun and the earth. The next time we'll see one is 2024. This project will provide the items needed to create a solar eclipse viewer.

If you're planning on watching the eclipse in its path of totality, you'll be able to look up in the moments of the total eclipse.

When asking Everly what makes the safety glasses more protective than sunglasses, he explained that they are tinted so darkly that the only thing you can see is the sun.

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