View the Solar Eclipse from Quincy Hill

Gwen Vasquez
August 13, 2017

It ends at 3:45pm when the moon moves completely out of the sun's way. However, it will only visible in certain areas.

For the first time in recorded USA history, our country will get to experience a total solar eclipse. However, the August 21 event is generating huge interest in the US because it will be viewable across the country - which is somewhat unusual, Stojkovic says.

Washington's Department of Transportation is anxious about what will happen if thousands of British Columbians head to OR to watch the solar eclipse later this month.

During that short moment the sun is blocked, not only will darkness fall upon the Earth, but the air will drop in temperature, and brighter stars and planets will be visible. Looking further down the road, we will get a chance to see totality here with the eclipse of April 8, 2024 - the northern edge of the narrow band of the umbra of our moon's shadow will pass right over IU Kokomo. The sun is now completely covered by the moon, and the only part of the sun visible is it's corona, or atmosphere - which can only be seen during a total solar eclipse (the corona is pretty fantastic: While the sun's surface temperature is about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, temperatures in the corona rise to between three and four MILLION degrees!).

The only way to look directly at the sun when it's not eclipsed or is only partly eclipsed is with a special solar filter, such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer. Complete information and an official countdown is online at

Earlybirds who plan on watching a piece of sun go missing should do not forget to be safe. Stare too long and you damage the retina and risk permanent loss of sight, so don't mess around. We're working to confirm if they'll have glasses available.

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For most, it will be only a partial solar eclipse but for a lucky few, a total eclipse will occur where the disk of the moon with cover the entire sun for several minutes.

Plan ahead and wake up early. Maximum obscurity - about 88.5% - will occur at 11:35 a.m. Call ahead to ensure they still have glasses. But they should have a stamp on there that says they are ISO approved for viewing the eclipse.

Bring a pair of solar viewing glasses. Only specialized glasses should be used to view the show.

Inspect your glasses beforehand.

"If you watched the sun before totality, you will catch a glimpse of the brilliant solar surface and this can cause retinal damage, though the typical human instinctual response is to quickly look away before any severe damage has actually occurred", the site says. There is bound to be plenty of traffic the day of the eclipse and you don't want to be stuck in traffic while it's happening! Other ideas for viewing the sun safely are to build a pinhole camera or reflect an image of the sun off a mirror in an envelope where you have cut a small hole in the envelope.

You should never look at an eclipse with the naked eye, but there are plenty of other unsafe methods to avoid, as well.

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