Partial Lunar Eclipse Observed across Iran

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Both methods should produce clear images of the partial phase of an eclipse.

"I think they should postpone classes until Wednesday, that way everyone has a fair opportunity to see it", LeFever said. We encourage the community to come out and do it as a group and have some fun. Wichita State University's Greg Novacek offers the following tips on how to watch a solar eclipse safely.

You still have time to purchase viewing glasses for $2 dollars at the DuPont Planetarium.

The weather will ultimately determine who gets to see what come August 21. "We have two telescopes, including a 16-inch reflector which uses a mirror into a magnifier and a much smaller six-inch refractor which uses a lens to magnify, so the combination of those two provide for good viewing".

"We are proud that the Lawrence County Public Library will participate in this national program", Bain said.

Here's the projected path of the eclipse across our country ... According to NASA's website, the total eclipse is expected to last up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds, depending on the person's location.

"About a quarter of the moon should go a reddy colour or will certainly go dark and that's because the shadow of the Earth is on it".

The moon casts a long shadow over the face of the earth, making daylight turn to twilight within the "path of totality" - or the path along which the sun is completely obscured. Totality begins there at 10:16 a.m. PDT.

There are four different types of solar eclipses: a partial solar eclipse, annular solar eclipses, total solar eclipses and hybrid solar eclipses. For those hoping to catch a glimpse of the event, Wisconsin Optometric Association president David Nelson says you need to protect your eyes.

As for Minnesota, about 80 percent of the eclipse will be visible, so it won't be safe to look at without eye protection at any time.

The rays during the solar eclipse are way more powerful than the rays on a regular day of sunshine due to the positioning of the sun.