Preparing for the solar eclipse on August 21

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 12, 2017

But the total eclipse, when the sun passes behind the moon, will be fleeting.

The Aug. 21 solar eclipse will be visible across the continental United States, with the path of totality stretching in a narrow band from coast-to-coast.

So, according to the maps, where are the best places in the United States to view the solar eclipse?

Cavanagh will discuss his own eclipse viewing experience in the path of totality in Nebraska, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at Cloquet High School Media Center ($5 Community Ed class fee, pre-registration required, 218-879-1261).

The American Astronomical Society has a list of reputable eclipse glasses and hand-held viewers on its website - stamped with this approval code - 12312-2.

Ordering online is another possibility, or you can arrive early at any one of the special viewing parties set up by Quad-City libraries or at the Putnam Museum.

The average high for temperatures in Mid-Missouri on August 21 are in the upper 80s and with the eclipse starting a quarter before noon, we can estimate temperatures will be in the mid-70s. With national news reports on the upcoming event, thousands of travelers making their way to the path of totality for optimal viewing and even several doomsday predictions, this eclipse has captivated much of the country. "The eclipse glasses are really simple, it's just layers upon layers, and the color of the lenses is unique to that wavelength that will be coming off the sun", Schmidt said. It has been reported during solar eclipses that animals change behavior and may be startled or confused.

National parks and heritage sites offer an wonderful setting for watching the eclipse. If you glance at the sun through your glasses, for example, and find it uncomfortably bright, out of focus and surrounded by a murky haze, they're no good. The eclipse will move from the West Coast to the East Coast, ending near Columbia, South Carolina, at 2:44 p.m. Even if you are not in the direct line of the eclipse, you might still want to head outside to see a partial eclipse. But, it's significantly more noticeable during a total solar eclipse and astronomers from NASA documented this drop from a total solar eclipse that occurred in Lusaka, Zambia, in 2001. It's called solar retinopathy, and it's like a sunburn on your retina, and causes spots in your vision that may or may not go away. "Our library will continue to distribute glasses until supplies run out, which will be very soon".

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