Storm Track 12 talks solar eclipse with NASA scientist

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The problem is, next Monday, people all over the country will be tempted to do just that during the solar eclipse.

Many schools, including those within Princeton ISD, have activities planned around the solar eclipse which will take place Monday, Aug. 21.

So what are our chances here in the UK?

"If you look at the sun without eclipse glasses during a partial eclipse, or on a regular day, you are going to fry the back of your eye", Vann said.

"It starts around 12:58 Indianapolis time, you'll start to see a little bit of the moon start to move a little in front of the sun".

The area will see about 86 percent of the sun covered. This area is being called the path of totality.

Here in the Roanoke Valley, we're lucky enough to get 90-94% totality of that eclipse. The total eclipse will last only about two minutes.

Amid concerns that not all eclipse glasses are actually safe, there are a few things you can check for.

Glasses distributed at some Legacy health clinic locations, however, are safe to use. The sun will come through the aluminum foil and hit the white piece of paper inside the box and you'll be able to safely view the entire eclipse. Others will see a partial eclipse.

The full eclipse will only be visible through a swath of the country starting in the Northwest in OR and stretching Southeast as it heads towards SC.

"NASA scientists hope to learn just how much earth's environment changes during this historic eclipse and they need help from your viewers!" The Department of Emergency Services urges residents to avoid looking directly at the sun at any point during the eclipse.

That's why protective eyewear like solar eclipse glasses will be necessary to watch the eclipse.

Can I use sunglasses, tanning bed googles, or the eye glasses my eye doctor gives me to view the eclipse?

"We haven't had one like this that goes all the way from the Pacific to the Atlantic, in 1918", says Ernie Wright, of the NASA Goddard Space Center.