Public Libraries Giving Away Solar Eclipse Glasses

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It's only safe if you are in the thin path of totality, which will pass through parts of 14 states, AND during the brief time when the moon fully eclipses the sun, when day turns into night, Van Gelder said.

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible in a band about 65 miles wide stretching from OR to SC.

Wear the glasses any time you want to look at the sun, even if there's only a small sliver of the star peeking behind the moon in a partial eclipse. That will occur only along a narrow strip stretching from OR, through the Midwestern plains, down to SC.

Here in South-Central Pennsylvania, and areas outside the path, we are treated to a partial eclipse. The moon goes around the Earth, the Earth goes around the sun, we know those periods very precisely.

"A total solar eclipse is pretty exciting because they are rare for any specific place on Earth", she said. HINT: while wearing a pair of undamaged glasses (ones that are not scratched, torn or with holes) you shouldn't be able to see anything except the mild glow of the sun when looking toward the sun. Those who have seen totality say it changes you, humbles you before the cosmos. As the Moon slips in front of the Sun, the landscape will be bathed in long shadows, creating eerie lighting across the landscape.

The legitimate glasses, which offer no views outside the eclipse, carry their own hazards, however.

Retailers including REI, Walmart, and Best Buy have sold of their eclipse glasses online. Several astronomers and educators will operate these instruments on eclipse day at Lowell Observatory.

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Adler Planetarium Director of Public Observing Michelle Nichols discusses the upcoming total solar eclipse at McHenry County College Tuesday, Aug. 8. The sun will reach its maximum coverage about 1:20 p.m. and stay that way for nearly three minutes. "You have to be in totality to see the precise moments of time the sunlight hits the edge of the moon where it's cratered or there's a valley".

Samantha Blair, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, spoke about what actually does happen during an eclipse.

The instant the totality is over, immediately look away and put the special glasses back on.

Do you have eclipse glasses yet? This year's eclipse will be a once- or twice-in-a-lifetime event for many American adults, but if you were born in 2010, you could witness eight total solar eclipses on American soil before turning 70. Use the hashtag #Eclipse2017 and tag @NASAGoddard to connect your photos on social media to those taken around the country and share them with NASA.

Other options include: Craft a pinhole viewer to project the image onto another surface. "For 20 years it's been one of my bucket list items; if something doesn't work, I have seven more years to the next one, right?"

And guess what: You can't hold binoculars or other magnifying devices over your eclipse glasses, either.

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