Difference between a solar and a lunar eclipse

Difference between a solar and a lunar eclipseā€¯

In the right place at the right time, people will see a total solar eclipse stretching about 100 kilometres wide. We set out to verify this using data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Staff will be on hand to help answer questions, oversee solar eclipse activities and pass out fliers to explain what is happening in the sky. The path is projected to cut a swath across the state from northwest to southeast, with its center crossing McClellanville, just north of Charleston.

The last total solar eclipse visible in the continental USA occurred in 1979 and the next one will not take place until 2024.

But millions will get to witness a total eclipse as the moon completely blocks the sun on a narrow path from OR to SC. The last one was 40 years ago, so be sure to experience this one.

In less than two weeks, on August 21, the sun will disappear across America.

Rhode Island will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. Experts say that for about the two to two-and-a-half minutes of totality, you can look directly at the eclipse.

"They damage the cells in your eyes, they damage your retinas and the damage can be permanent", Young said.

On Aug. 21, it's lights out, if just for a few minutes - that's when the moon will block the sun in a total solar eclipse.

NBAA also suggests that pilots check Notams for possible TFRs and events that could affect flights around August 21.

To see what time your area will experience the eclipse, visit this interactive map. The lenses of these paper or plastic framed glasses will be so obscuring that unless you are looking at something as bright as the sun, you won't see anything at all.

If you're heading to one of the thousands of library viewing events and arrive early enough, you may receive some free solar glasses. And when the event is upon us, some apps can even provide commentary and connect to live-streamed telescope views.

By now, most of you know that an eclipse of the Sun is caused by the moon literally getting in the way of our view of the Sun as the moon orbits around the Earth.

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