Find eye protection for the Solar Eclipse on August 21

Gwen Vasquez
August 11, 2017

Some business aircraft flights may be affected by the total solar eclipse that will occur on august 21, said Heidi Williams, NBAA's director of air traffic services and infrastructure. It will first appear in OR at 12:05 eastern daylight time, and travel east across the central United States, ending in SC at 2:48pm.

Staff will be on hand to help answer questions, oversee solar eclipse activities and pass out fliers to explain what is happening in the sky. He said the last total solar eclipse that occurred in part of the lower 48 was on February 26, 1979, where it totaled over Washington, Montana and part of North Dakota. A partial eclipse means a part of the sun will be covered by the moon. The moon is between the sun and Earth.

To see what time your area will experience the eclipse, visit this interactive map.

Although the August 2017 total solar eclipse will only be visible to folks within a narrow band slashing across the country, a partial solar eclipse will be visible to the entire nation.

While Bakersfield won't get totality, or a complete solar eclipse, we can expect to see about 67 percent to 73 percent of the sun obscured.

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The closer we are to the date, the more accurate our forecast will be for the eclipse. "For this reason, it is important to use special-purpose solar filters when enjoying the eclipse", said Brookhaven's Emergency Management Coordinator Paul White.

The path of totality will cross 14 states, including Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and SC.

Even if the weather turns overcast, Herring said the observatory will be open to "see whatever we can". Calculations show that it will take about 1000 years for every geographic location in the Lower-48 to be able to view a total solar eclipse.

At the Downtown Spokane Public Library, Friday will be the last chance for your child to learn what the eclipse is all about, and learn how to safely look at the sun. "The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as 'eclipse glasses'".

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