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Heading to OR for the solar eclipse? Better plan ahead

Heading to OR for the solar eclipse? Better plan ahead

So what time exactly can I see the Great American total solar eclipse?

It will look like a typical overcast, dark kind of a day.

The city of Carbondale (USA) will be unique - there will be two total solar eclipses within seven years - in 2017 and 2024.

Our eyes are too sensitive and fragile for us to stare at the sun safely - eclipse or not. "This is actually the region of the sun where solar activity comes from, where space weather comes from, which is something that I study very closely".

The total solar eclipse on August 21 is especially rare because the moon's shadow will be slashing across the entirety of the U.S.in a narrow, 70 mile-wide path.

Batesville, In. - After a 40 year wait, the United States will experience a full solar eclipse.

According to information obtained from Voyages of Discovery, this astronomical occurrence is 22nd of the 77 solar eclipses in the series called Saros 145.

The Eclipse of June 8, 1918's path of totality passed through central MS, according to NASA.

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The path of totality (where the sun is completely obscured) entered just above Portland, Ore.; passed through Denver, Colo. before exiting off the east coast of Central Florida. As the moon passes by the sun, the moon completely blocks the sunlight in an area of total eclipse and blocks a portion of the sun's light in areas of partial eclipse.

The only way to look directly at the sun when it's not eclipsed or is only partly eclipsed is with a special solar filter, such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer.

Eclipse glasses can be purchased both online and in stores.

The full solar eclipse will be visible across the country from OR to SC for the first time since 1918. It will be a partial eclipse, and the whole thing takes nearly 3 hours.

The easiest way to watch safely if you don't have the eclipse glasses is to use a pinhole projector.

The American Optometric Association is urging Americans to view the eclipse with proper eye protection to avoid any temporary or permanent eye damage from the sun.

He explains that, whenever the Earth, moon and sun align to form a solar eclipse, the event is visible somewhere on Earth. "The shadow itself is traveling at about roughly 1,500 miles an hour, and it ends in Charleston, South Carolina, around 2:45 or so p.m. local time".

During a solar eclipse, such as the one that will happen on August 21, the moon comes between the Earth and the sun, blocking out the light of the sun. However, not all meet the required ISO 12312-2 worldwide safety standards; make sure yours do.