Solar Eclipse 2017: How to Safely Watch the Eclipse

Cesar Mills
August 19, 2017

On Monday, a rare natural phenomenon is coming to the United States.

The eclipse will occur over a two-hour period at each spot, with totality only lasting about three minutes along the primary path. Power grids are not set up for eclipses, which happen much faster than a sunrise or a sunset, and over a broader area than typical cloud cover.

Remember, the exact weather will depend on your specific location, as the path of totality is about 70 miles wide and runs from OR to SC, and the rest of the country will experience at least a partial eclipse. If you zoom into the eclipse with a standard phone camera, expect a pixelized image.

No tickets are required for this Monday show, just special eclipse glasses so you don't ruin your eyes. So the sky is darkening? "They don't say 'Partly cloudy, high of 82.' You have to discern what the weather will be".

If you're on the fence about taking a break to watch the moon block the sun, let an astronomer whom Ladders talked with convince you.

Using optical filters to photograph the eclipse when you are not on the path of totality is risky.

"I'm sold out", she added. "This was the universe about which we have read so much and never before felt: the universe as a clockwork of loose spheres flung at stupefying, unauthorized speeds". The path of totality is about 70 miles wide as it travels across the nation.

DeLaney pointed out many people can make easy, cheap projects themselves, such as pin-hole boxes, which provide safe ways to watch a shadow of the eclipse.

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The total solar eclipse is happening this Monday, August 21, 2017.

Overall, the eclipse is an interesting event and a natural occurrence that can provide an educational moment or two for your family if you so choose. "You're not inside the theme park unless you're in totality".

While dogs and cats face the same risks looking at a solar eclipse with unprotected eyes that people do, they're unlikely to look, local veterinarians said.

"If you don't, then brace yourself and hold very still as you work". The smoke we were experiencing in the Pasco Basin already dropped solar production about 20 percent.

The Silverton Casino said it is welcoming guests to view the solar eclipse from the fifth floor of the parking garage.

And if you think you can't mix work and play? The first 200 people who come will get free eclipse glasses. North Canton. The event will include free snacks, including liquid nitrogen popsicles, and free solar glasses. This is a low-priced, big-win scenario. I don't want them to get into trouble.

The Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society, in partnership with the Science Museum of Western Virginia, is hosting an event at Market Square in Downtown Roanoke.

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