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We are just 10 days away from the first total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years.

From our area, the moon will first start to cover the sun at 1 p.m.

"You have to decide: Do I want to experience this thing or do I want to fiddle with my equipment?"

Which states will see the total eclipse?

This is why New Englanders, and others living outside the path of totality, are making cross-country trips for the best view.

I have had people ask about sunglasses, and even 3D glasses. NO!

Why is everyone so excited about it?

NASA says the last total solar eclipse visible over the contiguous United States was in 1979. Unfortunately for people in Pittsburgh, the "zone of totality", which is the area where the total eclipse will be visible, is only 70 miles wide.

In addition to its rarity, its beauty and magnitude are unlike any other experience, Schneider said.

Even if the weather turns overcast, Herring said the observatory will be open to "see whatever we can". "It's impossible to describe".

"We can predict future eclipse times within a few seconds for several centuries into the future, and the eclipse tracks within a few tens of kilometers".

"It doesn't happen anywhere else in the solar system", he said. Whether you live in or near the path of totality, thousands of events celebrating the rare occurrence will be taking place across the United States.

You're ready for the eclipse on august 21, with your non-counterfeit viewing glasses and travel plans set.

Those in Kelowna looking for a dose of education during the upcoming solar eclipse are in luck.

Never look at an uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun without proper fitting solar eclipse glasses that meet or exceed ISO 12312-2.

An especially important time to wear the glasses is right after totality ends.

When it's dark, our pupils dilate to take in more light.

Kansas City, Nashville and St. Louis are some of the cities that will have a good chance of seeing the sun totally covered. The light from the sun still is strong enough to cause damage through this method.

NASA solar astrophysicist Alex Young says fake glasses are being sold in stores and online and can do real harm if you use them during the eclipse.

As students return to school, a rare and lovely natural phenomenon will help kick off the school year.

Since 1503, there have been a total of 15 total solar eclipse paths that have crossed the path of the August 2017 eclipse.

Can't afford to book a private jet to see the total solar eclipse? It will cast a shadow and will show an image of the sun through a small hole.

Hopkinsville is the prime location for viewing the eclipse because it is the point where the moon's shadow hits the earth at the closest point to the center of the earth. This occurs when the Earth passes between the sun and the Moon.

The "path of totality" - which covers regions under complete shadow - varies from one eclipse to the next, and a total solar eclipse has not made landfall over the continental USA since 1979.