Local observatory explains the uniqueness of the upcoming total solar eclipse

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NASA says the 20-23 eclipse is annular, or when the Moon is too far away from the Sun to completely cover it.

But some NASA pilots will get about 7 minutes of observation time during the rare event.

Those attending can enjoy free Lunar Links (hot dogs), Sun Chips, Moon Pies, liquid hydrogen (water), and also eclipse-themed treats.

For more low-tech party tips, NASA suggests poster contests, edible eclipse models, and using "triangles and proportions to create a shoebox eclipse simulator".

For roadways, SCHP said there will be 160 troopers assigned to duty on the day of the eclipse in addition to those already assigned as traffic personnel.

"If discovered, vulcanoids could change what scientists understand about planet formation", the website said.

Eakins said that in Austin, the partial eclipse will begin around 11:41 a.m. and will end at 2:39 p.m.

If you're using a Digital SLR camera, make sure you purchase a solar filter for your camera to protect your eyes and your camera.

Charleston and Columbia are near the path where those peering into the sky will be able to see a total eclipse unfold.

21 at 2 p.m. on the library's front yard, according to the library's Young Adult Services Director Vicki C. Brown.

As long as any bit of the sun is still visible, you can risk damaging your eyes by staring at the eclipse.

What else do you need to know to watch the eclipse safely?

If, somehow, you miss the big eclipse, you've got seven years to prepare for the next one.

In fact, on August 21, if you are anywhere around Carbondale or on that line you will, weather permitting, be treated to one of nature's most awe-inspiring sights. On Monday, August 21, Americans will be looking up (with safety glasses on) to catch a glimpse of the upcoming solar eclipse.

Later this month, for the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will pass across the United States from coast to coast.