Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

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According to the information, Michiganders will need to embark on a 12-hour drive to catch the total eclipse.

"What's so cool about this solar eclipse is it traverses the United States", Parnell said.

It is never safe to view a partial solar eclipse directly; the safe viewing glasses carried by Bishop Museum's Shop Pacifica and other venues are a good means of viewing solar eclipses. These eclipses don't happen monthly, however.

In trying to do everything you risk seeing nothing. In addition, one correspondent will roam the southeastern strip of the eclipse shadow and another will report from the Royal Caribbean Total Eclipse Cruise. So do yourself a favour and just soak it up. I'm sure some of you will do that, so enjoy it!

Members will set up solar telescopes for viewing and offer informational sessions on safe viewing and background on the eclipse.

"What's really special, is when we have the situation where the moon is at exactly the right distance that it completely covers the sun", he says. Viewing even the smallest sliver of a crescent sun peeking out from behind the moon is enough to cause irreversible damage to your vision.

Millions of Americans will be staring up at the sky later this month when a rare total solar eclipse will be visible in certain parts of the country.

Nothing compares to totality. It simply does not work like that.

Miss the eclipse coming up August 21 and you'll have to wait until 2023 for the next one.

On Monday, Aug. 21, the USA will be treated to a celestial spectacle.

The eclipse begins in Salem at 9:05am PDT. Solar researchers typically use instruments called corona-graphs that physically block the Sun's disk and reveal the surrounding corona.

Totality begins in OR at 10:16 a.m. PT. A mecca for mountain bikers and climbers, Redmond also boasts a growing craft beer scene, hiking trails, the chance to get out on the water in a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, great antique shopping and numerous spots to sit back and relax at a quaint café or bar.

Scott Harris, a planetary geologist at Fernbank Science Center, says we haven't had a coast to coast total solar eclipse in the 99 years. I can not stress this enough.

During a solar eclipse, damaging light rays can enter your eyes and reach the part of your retina which allows you to do everyday activities.

Be careful when buying eclipse glasses, though. There have been several companies selling FAKE glasses, so double check to make sure they are safe. "If the film gets damaged in any way, you're not protected".

Do not use sunglasses, smoked glass or a welder's helmet.

I'll link to that and more about the eclipse online. "If you're not looking for it, you'll probably miss it". The last total eclipse that crossed the entire continent occurred on June 8, 1918. Without the glasses, the sunlight is too bright and you won't be able to see anything!

If you can't get ahold of a pair of eclipse glasses, you can create simple pinhole projectors, a fun project for kids and adults alike.

The first two items on my list are mandatory, this third one is optional but I believe it just as strongly.

Eclipse: Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon by Frank Close - Looks at the science of eclipses, reveals their role in culture, and focuses on people who travel around the world chasing these events.

Stuart Clark is the author of The Unknown Universe (Pegasus Books).