Library to distribute eclipse glasses August 13

Cesar Mills
August 12, 2017

In preparation for such a rare event, people have been purchasing NASA-approved eclipse glasses to witness the great eclipse on August 21.

He recommends hitting the road early and packing all the essentials: including extra food, water, gas, and "everything you're going to need", Jarvis says. Eclipse watchers can view the eclipse from horseback, on a cruise ship, from the top of a mountain or at a campground. But the moon will block at least a portion of the sun nationwide, with the amount of obscurity varying by location.

Astronomers Warren Hart, left, and Jay Huston discuss the August 21 solar eclipse Thursday at Central Texas College's Mayborn Science Theater in Killeen.

As students return to school, a rare and attractive natural phenomenon will help kick off the school year.

Millions of spectators are expected to flock to cities across the USA next week to witness the ultimate light show: the total solar eclipse.

Though you'll be able to be see the effects of the eclipse outside that path, the best views will be within it, said Glenn Schneider, an astronomer who has witnessed 33 total solar eclipses.

For a solar eclipse to occur, the sun, moon, and Earth have to align, which happens around the new moon every lunar month.

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What's more, while it's perfectly safe to look at the sun during the totality, this period is relative short, so it's extremely important to wear the eclipse glasses again before the moon begins to move again.

According to the NASA website, "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".

And then there was the most popular query about whether or not someone looking at an eclipse without eclipse glasses will actually go blind.

The intense radiation emitted by the sun can damage the retina, located at the back of your eyes where images are translated to signals that are sent through the optic nerve to the brain. Unfiltered cameras, telescopes, binoculars or other optical devices concentrate the solar rays and are a definite no-go in regard to eye safety.

The moon will cover 65 percent to 70 percent of the sun's surface, meaning it will fall under the penumbra shadow.

"There's no such thing as an nearly total eclipse", Schneider said. This will include interviews with scientists and live panel questions, high-resolution sun images and a balloon launch. NEVER look at a partial solar eclipse without proper eye protection. Sometimes a lunar Eclipse.

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