1M people expected to visit SC to view the solar eclipse

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

That's when people in a 70-mile path from OR to SC will have the eerie midday experience of seeing the sun blotted out by the moon. This extraordinary cosmic spectacle will pass through 13 states, and everyone in the continental USA will have the opportunity to see at least a partial eclipse, making it the most widely viewed American eclipse of all time. Corvalis, Albany and Lebanon, Oregon will experience the mid-eclipse times at 10:17 a.m. local time, with peak times in Columbia, South Carolina occurring at 2:43 p.m. For those who want to make sure that they witness the solar eclipse in its totality, the path of the 2017 total solar eclipse will meander through 12 states along a 2,500-mile stretch of land from OR to SC.

The Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave., will observe the Monday, Aug. 21 solar eclipse with activities exploring heliophysics, the study of the sun, and a solarscope viewing party. They can be tested before the eclipse by seeing if they project a nice even round image of the normal Sun. "That doesn't sound like a lot, but when you look in the sky, the apparent size of the moon is about a half a degree". As the moon blocks more and more of the sun's light, your pupils naturally become larger, letting in more electromagnetic spectrum energy and increasing the chances for an eye injury, especially in areas with higher sun blockage.

But every so often, there's a narrow window when the Earth, sun and moon align.

At a press conference, city officials stressed the importance of wearing those ISO certified eclipse glasses. "We just happen to be so lucky that the shadow will pass right over Kearney".

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Many online sellers are third-party vendors on Amazon, but higher prices and extended shipping dates, some beyond the August 21 eclipse date, are being reported, according to Business Insider. The last one was 40 years ago, so be sure to experience this one.

If you're going to view the total solar eclipse on August 21, you will need to protect your eyes, and here's why. I've found that most makeup/compact mirrors work well. NOVA will also collaborate with several local public television stations along the path of totality, who will provide footage shot in their own back yards, illustrating the excitement the eclipse generates across the nation.

The sun's glare makes the moon impossible to see from Earth until it crosses the disk of the sun and we see the light from the sun growing darker.

"And then once the moon completely covers the sun, all of a sudden revealed to us is this outer atmosphere of the sun called the corona, which is this silky, ethereal structure", Young says. "So everyone is going to see this unbelievable part of the sun with their own eyes".

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