When this happens, the classic image appears of a black dot surrounded by a feathery red ring, the sun's corona. The small spaces between your fingers should project a grid of small images on the ground that show the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse.
In the United States, this 70-mile (113-kilometer) wide path of totality will pass briefly through 14 states. Outside of this path, observers will see a partial eclipse. "National and local agencies are warning travelers they could encounter traffic jams along various points of the totality zone or other areas where the eclipse may be visible". "It's the same risk during a solar eclipse - and increased, because people may think they can look at the sun since the brightness is knocked down, but the remaining sun is still enough to cause damage". River Valley Eye Professionals is urging everyone to view the eclipse with proper eye protection to avoid any temporary or permanent eye damage from the sun.
"Be aware that you could get blindsided by a blatant scam when you purchase eclipse glasses", Madigan said in the press release. It's the number scientists around the world have collectively deemed strong enough for that lens to keep you safe during an eclipse. "As primary eye health and vision care experts, we want to help and ensure everyone enjoys it safely by protecting their eyes". A partial or total eclipse can still be a memorable experience if you're crafty and canny.
You couldn't just walk in an get the glasses, you had to bring a T-shirt and use library supplies to make a "galaxy shirt". Have the kids make their own cereal box solar eclipse theater.
Eclipse Soundscapes, which launched for iPads and iPhones recently, features real-time narration of different aspects of the eclipse timed for the user's location. In Bluefield, Va. the Tazewell County Visitors Center at 163 Walnut Street will host an Eclipse Party from 2 p.m.to 3 p.m. Monday. This shadow is called the umbra. I've seen a total eclipse before in 1979, and that's what is literally driving me to see Monday's great celestial event. The forecast as of Friday shows OR and Idaho as most promising to have clear sky views, while SC is the most likely to find the sun and moon blocked by clouds. The sky will become very dark as the moon's shadow is on Earth, completely blocking out all sunlight.
"A lot of people are going to Nebraska and SC (to see the full eclipse)", said Tim Cruze, public information officer for the Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. This allows the moon to perfectly block the sun's disk, while also showing us the corona.
Get ready for the solar eclipse
Xcel Energy, which manages more than 1,000 megawatts of solar capacity in Minnesota, Colorado and New Mexico, said the company was planning for the eclipse the same way it does for a storm or cloud cover.
With a major solar eclipse set to come across western North Carolina on Monday afternoon, many activities related to the event are planned.
"Eclipse Over America": The PBS science series NOVA is planning a quick turnaround on its eclipse documentary premiering Monday. In preparation of the historic event on August 21, we found out what you can expect to see and at exactly what time here on the coast.
There have been reports of travelers who booked hotels for the eclipse long in advance (before it was widely publicized) only to see their reservations canceled or moved to hotels far from viewing spots.
What if I miss it?
A solar eclipse happens, on average, a couple times a year. But that doesn't mean you can see a solar eclipse every year, because some years they're only visible to other continents.