What Time is the Solar Eclipe 2017?

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Monday's event will mark the first total solar eclipse over the United States in 38 years. Totality begins there at 10:16 a.m. PDT.

West Virginia is expected to see around 80-90 percent totality at this time. The length of totality varies from two to a little over two and a half minutes. The eclipse will last longest near Carbondale, Illinois for 2.44 minutes. But there is nothing inherently unsafe about this event - don't let fear stop you from witnessing it!

I'll be in the States, how can I watch it safely?

States included Nebraska, Wisconsin, Missouri and Tennessee.

As CBS2's Lonnie Quinn reported, most people will see a penumbra, or partial shadow, where you still see a portion of the Sun. The moon creates a shadow on Earth, making it seem like twilight during the day.

The solar eclipse of 2017, which arrives on August 21, 2017, has a lot of people wondering whether it's unsafe. This particular eclipse will first hit the Pacific Ocean, then move into OR, cross the U.S.to SC and end in the Atlantic Ocean. AAA and the Federal Communications Commission advise travelers that weather conditions will play a significant factor in where eclipse viewers decide to set up for the viewing.

Solar eclipses happen when our view of the sun is blocked by the moon.

But they're hard to find now and you risk eye damage if you look directly at the sun without those special glasses. These are easy to make, and there are lots of spots on the Internet to see how. One of my favorite sites is B and H photo.

Walt Disney World will be utilizing some operational changes in light of the solar eclipse in their parks, with some attractions closing early or entirely. Many news channels will also broadcast the eclipse live.

By any measure, a solar eclipse is a big deal.

Beatty said bluntly, "if it's raining, it'll still get dark too - but I can't think of anything more depressing".

To avoid this and view the eclipse safely, you would need glasses that have a special filter that blocks out most of the radiation from the sun.

You can help scientists out during the total solar eclipse on August 21 using nothing but your phone.

I might or might not be joining you. "Never use just plain sunglass, even welding goggles (if they are not the right type) will not work". The conservation district will provide solar eclipse-safe glasses, refreshments and a treat. Blindness can set in nearly immediately.

There are misconceptions and debates about how rare this is, because it depends on whether you're talking about total or partial eclipses. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter-do not remove it while looking at the sun. If the awe of it all causes you to drop your mobile phone, you'll easily see it on the ground. There's no way to photograph that.

How can you see it? You'll easily see flares and prominences churning and emanating from the sun's violent surface. It's the same sun we always enjoy, the one that lights our days, fuels our plants and makes our planet habitable, but momentarily just stuck behind the moon. Passing bright sunlight through binoculars or a telescope can damage the device. All the while, you may not even feel uncomfortable as you stare at the Sun.

If you're stuck in traffic during the eclipse, don't pull over to watch. During the partial solar eclipse, the tiny spaces between the leaves will act as pinhole projectors. Get a piece of white cardboard and punch a pencil diameter hole in the center of it.

Safety precautions are also necessary if you are hoping to photograph the eclipse with your cellphone or camera.

If you will be missing the solar eclipse of 2017, there will be at least two more noteworthy eclipses this century (2024 and 2045).

Wherever you end up watching the eclipse tomorrow, pray for clear enough skies.

"I remember the last partial eclipse we had here - in May 1982", Laborde said.

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