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Total solar eclipse 2017: Everything you need to know

Total solar eclipse 2017: Everything you need to know”

The good news is that anyone in North America will be able to enjoy at least a partial eclipse, but those within the small 70-mile wide ribbon of the totality path will enjoy a total solar eclipse.

Visitors will gather in the Central Garden to view the solar eclipse.

For the August 21 eclipse, the longest period when the moon obscures the sun's entire surface along its path will last about two minutes and 40 seconds, according to NASA.

Destined to be the most documented total solar eclipse ever, 2017's event will start out as a cellphone phenomenon.

Monday's eclipse was visible across much of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Pacific.

The total solar eclipse will begin in OR on the morning of August 21 and move across the nation before ending in SC by mid-afternoon.

The problem is the Path of Totality. There will be a "twilight" in the sky during totality.

Interestingly, utilities will have to be cautious because as soon as the sun returns from behind Earth's shadow, solar panels will begin to add power into the system immediately, which could overload the system if there are too many sources at the same time. The glasses should not allow anything through except light from the sun or something similarly bright, such as a bright halogen light bulb, according to the society.

"2:30 p.m., actually was when I start working, and I don't get off until 11:00 p.m".

Remember: Don't look directly at the eclipse with your naked eyes! Sunglasses are NOT SAFE to use.

"I get asked all the time, why are we still doing eclipses for scientific purposes", says Jay Pasachoff, an astronomer at Williams College in MA who chairs the International Astronomical Union's working group on solar eclipses. "You can get something called solar retinopathy which can permanently damage the retina", said an optometrist. Use special goal solar filters like these. These can and do sometimes break due to the heat buildup on the filter. After shooting the eclipse, he'll use photo-editing software to stack the various images with their respective exposures on top of one another in order to produce a richer photo of the solar eclipse.

"We identified where the best viewing spots will be using data from NASA, and also local knowledge on where events will be held", said Mair.

For more information on traveling down south to see the eclipse, visit the Illinois Department of Transportation website. Be aware that in the path of totality there will be huge traffic jams and lots of other things associated with large gatherings of people.



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