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August 21 solar eclipse requires safe viewing

13 August 2017, 10:42 | Ross Houston

Solar eclipse glasses are specially made to block the harmful rays of the sun allowing you to safely watch the eclipse from start to finish

Solar eclipse glasses are specially made to block the harmful rays of the sun allowing you to safely watch the eclipse from start to finish

It will enter the US through central OR then exit through SC.

That's a tall order, but even if we can't all get along, the eclipse could still have a profound impact in another way: inspiring the next great generation of American science. This is the first total eclipse over the lower 48 states since 1979.

Hotels in Casper, Wyo., are charging five times their usual rates. Most cameras, and even many camera phones, have adjustable exposures, which can help you darken or lighten your image during the tricky eclipse lighting. The last total eclipse that crossed the entire continent occurred on June 8, 1918 and the last time a total solar eclipse occurred exclusively in the USA was in 1778.

"The eclipse turns off the ionosphere's source of high-energy radiation،" said Bob Marshall، a space scientist at University of Colorado Boulder in the US.

Hopkinsville, Ky., population 32,000, and Carbondale, Ill., population 23,000, expect 50,000 visitors each. The experience is so cool that people will travel thousands of miles just to spend a few seconds in darkness.

Total solar eclipses are incredible celestial events.

Some 200 million people live within a day's drive of the eclipse's path, so state governments, trade groups, and trucking companies are scrambling to prevent drivers from getting caught in what's expected to be some of the worst roadway congestion ever. Sylva, N.C., has a "Moonlight Madness" run.

But she says her grandmother has told her what to expect. They'll see this one from a family farm in Missouri, not far from their St. Louis home. Total solar eclipses will also hit smaller portions of the country four other times this century. "The air gets cool".

Amateur astronomers such as Yogeshwar Kanu Aggarwal, Luv Sharma, and Surinder Solanki, will accompany Bahmba, whose expedition includes taking photographs of all important phases observed during a total eclipse - called as "contacts".

The Daily News recently gave away more than 200 of the glasses from Northeast to readers who were interested in viewing the eclipse.

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The 17 westernmost counties of North Carolina lie on the path of totality , as well as the SC cities of Columbia and Greenville. Roseburg will however be in a prime spot to see a rare type of solar eclipse , the annular or "Ring of Fire" solar eclipse .

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I'm convinced, where can I see the eclipse in its full glory?

In Oregon, that sense of awe will greet members of Generation Eclipse on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, where 13 teams of primarily Native American kids will gather in the path of totality to release weather balloons during the eclipse.

Don't assume lodging is sold out because a travel booking site says so. "Awe-inspiring sights encourage empathy and generosity and group cohesion. and total eclipses always do that". The Sterling Hotel and Extended Stay had 3 rooms left at $2,500 for one night! "Without ionizing radiation، the ionosphere will relax،going from daytime conditions to nighttime conditions and then back again after the eclipse،" said Marshall.

On August 21، the Moon will slide in front of the Sun and for a brief moment، day will melt into a dusky night in the US.

Communities in Idaho and OR are planning big events, and authorities are warning about crowds, traffic jams and overwhelmed phone connections. By 10: 19 a.m., Venus will vanish and the sky will brighten. The total eclipse leaves the SC coast at 2:44 pm EDT.

That eclipse didn't do much other than distract from the deluge of political news, according to "American Eclipse", but there's good reason to believe that this one could be different. Winds will calm, birds will roost. "Animals that are active during the day will stop foraging and put themselves in a place of safety". I think so and you will probably agree if you are fortunate enough to look up in a clear sky for totality.

Zeiler, of Santa Fe, is a self-proclaimed "eclipse chaser". "If one can move, one should".

Retailers including REI, Walmart, and Best Buy have sold of their eclipse glasses online. The moon passes between the Earth and sun every 29 days, a time we call the "new moon" - when the moon is not visible in Earth's nighttime sky.

"'It's so risky for people to look at the sun even for brief periods of time because you can cause permanent damage to the retina", he says. Only use a telescope or binoculars if they are fitted with reliable solar filters created to fit directly on the instruments and the operator knows how to use them.

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