Grifton public library gives out free solar eclipse glasses

Gwen Vasquez
August 20, 2017

A total solar eclipse happens when the moon completely blocks out the sun.

It looks as if OR still will be one of the best places in the nation to watch Monday morning's total solar eclipse, with clear skies and warm temperatures expected throughout most of the path of totality, according to the National Weather Service. You'll see the moon covering the sun and right before totality, you'll see little spots of light.

Zeiler, an avowed "eclipse chaser" who made the 650-mile (1,046-km) drive from his New Mexico home to Wyoming for a choice view, said SC is likely to see the greatest influx as the destination state closest to the entire U.S. Eastern seaboard.

The best-case scenario is if our area only sees a few low or thin clouds, which would allow for the greatest viability of all phases. The only item that comes up on the Kroger website under "solar eclipse" is lip gloss, so contact your local Kroger before wasting the trip to make sure they're selling the glasses and to see whether they are also sold out of them.

- The PBS science series NOVA is planning a quick turnaround with an hourlong eclipse documentary at 9 p.m.

Our news team made our own eclipse viewing box using foil, tape, paper and a cereal box.

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The last total solar eclipse Charleston experienced was on March 7, 1970, which also was the last to cross over SC. Assistant teaching professors of physics Rudra Kafle and Shanshan Rodriguez took some time to fill us in on what we can expect from Monday's events, the history of eclipses, and just how risky it is to look at one without proper eye protection (hint: don't do it). Remember that the solar eclipse is scheduled to come on August 21, 2017. The path of totality will first make landfall stateside at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT before continuing across the continental USA through 12 states before reaching SC.

In terms of audience potential, it is hard to top the United States, with its mobile and affluent population, even though the direct path is mostly over rural areas, towns and small cities.

The Umbra will take a little over 1 hour and 1/2 to go from OR to SC. The first part of the Moon's shadow is the Penumbra. Land shading is based on a global mosaic of images from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, and elevations are based on data from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission.

How to view the solar eclipse Since looking directly at the sun is unsafe, the safest way to view the eclipse is through special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses" or hand-held solar viewers, according to NASA.

Even short periods gazing at the sun can cause damage, so doctors and astronomers are warning people to protect their eyes. You have other options. The event is also free. It has a lot of the recreation that Bend is famous for, so you can fly-fish the Deschutes, climb at Smith Rock or mountain bike after the eclipse.

Live Stream - Tune in to CBS4 or go to cbsmiami.com on Monday to watch the eclipse live and safely.

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