NASA names MTSU among official viewing sites for August 21 solar eclipse

Randolph Lopez
August 10, 2017

The total eclipse can also be viewed for about a minute in Pawleys Island and areas in the western part of the county including Andrews.

I took Monica, my oldest daughter, out of school that morning, where she was 10 years old in fifth-grade.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, blocking our view of the sun.

I gave Monica a call the other day to see what she remembered, and she was all over it. She remembers the drive up, seeing a bunny up at the park, a bit about the eclipse, and that we ate some fast food on the way back.

This is also the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in 99 years. Only those people in the path of totality, when it goes dark outside for about two minutes, can remove the glasses during that time. "It's going to be a little image, but you can see the sun as a crescent depending on where it is during the eclipse", Walter said. However, there will be no shortage of locals viewing the spectacle, weather permitting. If the 70-percent eclipse isn't doing it for you, the museum will also be screening NASA's live stream of the eclipse occurring across the United States. Unlike the 2012 event, the 2017 eclipse will be total.

So what's the big deal about the path of totality?

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For those plants in the eclipse's direct path-from OR east to South Carolina-solar-powered generators will find their power source blocked by the moon for up to three minutes, though they will likely be affected to a lesser extent over the entire three hours surrounding the event. You want to be in an open area without a ton of tall trees and buildings.

And while solar eclipse glasses will be a popular option for viewing the total solar eclipse, beware, there are glasses on the market that are not safe. Clouds could always spoil the view, so eclipse watchers need to be ready to split for somewhere with clear skies, if necessary.

Dague is headed to Greenville, S.C., for the eclipse. The next US coast-to-coast eclipse is not until August 12, 2045. In fact, the viewing party at the Hudson Library and Historical Society is full, according to its website.

Unfortunately, people on the Central and South coast will only be able to see a partial one.

NASA has a Web page with loads of information on the eclipse, which as you may know is due on August 21, from about noon to 2:45 p.m., and the American Astronomical Association has a list of manufacturers of eclipse glasses that are reputable and will protect your eyes. "So I may have time to step out and take a look at it if they'll let me". In fact, it might be a good idea to make reservations in advance!

Most people assume those eclipse glasses you pick up at the store, or order online, are safe. The path of totality for the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse is about 70 miles wide and stretches from OR to SC, passing also through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. You focus the sun's light on the retina, burning holes in light-sensitive photoreceptor cells, causing blindness.

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