The procrastinator's guide to viewing the solar eclipse

Gwen Vasquez
August 20, 2017

If you continue to come back for more articles, please try one of our subscriptions options available here. The United States is one day away from an epic total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. It will begin on the Oregon Coast and arc gently downward, across Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, and the Carolinas before finally drifting into the Atlantic, somewhere off the coast of Charleston. However, it will start at 1:21 p.m. and end at 3:58 p.m. The west end of the band will see morning totality and the eastern portion will have afternoon totality.

Venus should appear to the right of the sun about 10 minutes before totality and remain visible for 10 minutes after.

You'll never forget what you witness in those brief moments.

This is why the eclipse of 2017 (August 21, 2017) is an absolutely unique and once in a lifetime event. The eclipse is tomorrow. It's an absolutely stunning experience.

'A total eclipse is a dance with three partners: the moon, the sun and Earth, ' said Richard Vondrak, a lunar scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. To block out the sun's light, the moon must be both at the right distance and in the right position in the sky at the same time.

"This is a very particular alignment", Viall said, "because the moon, of course, is not the same size as the sun".

The last solar eclipse that occurred in the United States was in 1917. The last time we had this extensive of a total eclipse across the USA was in 1918, at the end of the First World War.

Thompson's video, which was posted in April 2016 as a warning ahead of a different celestial event, should deter people from even considering watching the eclipse through a telescope lens. While it would be possible to have solar eclipses on other planets, the likelihood that another planet in our solar system would have a moon of the flawless size, shape and orbit to produce a total solar eclipse is small, she said. In Shamokin, 75 percent of the sun's disk will be covered by the moon at around 2:41p.m. Monday. One of my favorite sites is B and H photo. I strongly urge you if this is your first total eclipse and you're not all that much of photographer, just enjoy it.

You snooze, you lose, folks. "Without looking at the sun yourself, you're indirectly looking at the eclipse", he said.

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Total solar eclipses aren't as rare as they may seem, but the chances that you'll encounter more than one in your lifetime are slim. I have seen them in some stores.

Looking directly at the sun is risky, so those planning to observe the solar eclipse should obtain a pair of solar viewing glasses before viewing. Blindness can set in nearly immediately.

Based on recommendations from the American Astronomical Society, Inverse has chosen some of the best (and most accessible) places to grab some solar shades.

There are a number of ways to watch the eclipse without looking directly at the sun. There's no way to photograph that. You might compare it to what it feels like to walk around in twilight a half-hour after sunset or before sunrise.

You may not be able to get out of work, or you may have no way to safely view the eclipse. It will blow your mind!

This reveals the "pearly white halo" of the sun's corona - its outer atmosphere, which is invisible to the naked eye at all other times. You could easily damage your eyes or worse. Bright stars and planets pop out and all along the horizon the skies take on a weird twilight color.

Public Libraries were giving out free glasses, but a lot of locations have run out, and remaining glasses are intended for library-run eclipse programming only. Or you can project a crescent sun through the little hole in your almost-clenched fist onto a piece of paper. Use the shadow of the cardboard to line it up.

Where will the eclipse be seen?

The eclipse glasses are made using special objective solar filters. In fact, leaves on trees can have the same effect, as the space between them can produce many, many images of the eclipse on the ground or on the side of a house or other buildings.

It has been named the Great American Eclipse because it can only be seen in the US.

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