Countdown to the 2017 Partial Solar Eclipse

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Citizen CATE is a nationwide endeavor by citizen astronomers at 70 US sites, including Perryville, positioned along the "path of totality" taking images of the brightness of the inner solar corona during the upcoming August 21 eclipse as it passes over various locations across the United States.

The reimagined lyrics also explain the science of a total solar eclipse and the sensation of seeing such an fantastic celestial sight. The UNF Astronomy Club along with the Society of Physics Students and the American Chemical Society are traveling to SC to see the eclipse in its totality. If you're only taking a picture during totality, however, there's no need for a filter.

With the proper gear, you can simply step outside your home to watch the eclipse or join a viewing party at a local science center or university. But some of the forecast models we use to predict the weather go out several weeks and at this point, they cover the day of the eclipse.

This solar eclipse will be visible in some form or fashion across most of the USA and will be quite the celestial experience for anyone without a life within the 70-mile-wide strip of totality across the country - assuming the skies are relatively clear.

Eclipse glasses are also pretty cheap, starting at around $1.99, and relatively easy to come by, with major retailers like Walmart stocking up for the big event.

Totality comes in Columbia at 2:41 p.m., lasting until roughly 2:44 p.m. But the eclipse passes through this region around noon, so it should beat the worst of that threat.

The free special glasses are available at Rock Island Downtown, 30/31 and Southwest libraries.

In Alliance, Little Shop will set up telescopes and projections of the eclipse, as well as other demonstrations and learning activities to engage and assist visitors. "And what better place to see the eclipse?"

Witnessing the eclipse itself is not safe for the eyes (except during the brief period of totality), so NASA recommends using certified eclipse-viewing glasses only-even the darkest sunglasses won't cut it. The planetarium will also host programs throughout the day. What makes this eclipse "Great"?

Peak darkness: 2:35 p.m.

Watching the solar eclipse isn't, however, as simple as looking to the sky. They don't block enough to keep you safe. However, you will need to put a filter over the lens in your phones as well as cameras when capturing the event.

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