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How to Experience the Great American Solar Eclipse Without Damaging Your Vision

Solar eclipses that can been seen in the entire United States don't happen often - in fact, the last time a total solar eclipse swept the entire USA was 1918.

"You can look at the total eclipse - when the sun is completely blocked out".

Hasan Al Hariri CEO of Dubai Astronomy Centre stated that the moon would be entering the earths shadow at 21.22 and exiting at 23.18. Not to scale: If drawn to scale, the Moon would be 30 Earth diameters away.

On Aug. 21, 2017 the Earth will cross the shadow of the moon creating a total Solar Eclipse. You combine all of those factors, along with a solar eclipse only being able to take place in the daytime, and you will only see a couple a year on average.

In the continental United States, the 70-mile width path of totality begins on the OR coast and passes through portions of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and SC.

If you miss the 2024 eclipse, there will be a few more opportunities to see a total solar eclipse in the 2040s.

Even though the disk of the sun will be temporarily covered by the moon during the eclipse, you still can't stare directly at it. "This will be the first properly visible lunar eclipse this year", said Debiprosad Duari, Director Research and Academic, M P Birla Planetarium.

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. You can also watch the webcast live on Space.com, courtesy of Slooh.

"There is a total solar eclipse somewhere on earth nearly every year". Enjoy the views! Click on all the images to see larger versions of them on Flickr. So most months, at new moon, the moon is above or below the plane of the earths orbit and doesn't get directly in between the sun and the earth. The event is the third of four eclipses in 2017, with the big one - dubbed the Great American Eclipse for its North American path - coming just two weeks later.

Some fear danger around an eclipse yet Al Hariri set anxieties straight emphasising "There is no danger in a Lunar Eclipse, you dont need to shut your doors or windows".

Even though the tri-state area isn't in the complete-eclipse path, our area will be treated to a 75 percent partial eclipse, which will make proper eye protection a must.



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