A total solar eclipse will streak across the United States on Monday, Aug. 21.
Scott Evans sat down with Doctor Alex Young with the Nasa's Goddard space center in Maryland to find out more about what happens during a total solar eclipse. While some parts of North America will see a total eclipse not everyone will and the only way to look at the sun safely during a partial eclipse is to have certified eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers.
Q: Can I see the eclipse in Utah? Never look at the Sun through the pinhole - it is not safe.
In just the short distance from Kennewick to Zillah - only about 60 miles away from Kenewick, the coverage will only reach 95.9 percent at about 10:22 a.m.
Littmann said one in 100,000 people around the world has seen a total solar eclipse.
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Partial eclipse starts near Seattle, Wash.at 12:08 p.m.
During the eclipse, scientists will also study Earth's outer atmosphere, the ionosphere, a region of the atmosphere containing particles that are charged by solar radiation.
The path of the eclipse runs across the United States from OR to SC. The flight will take off at 7:30 a.m. PT from Portland - but is by invitation-only for about 50 astronomers and serious eclipse chasers.
The last time a total solar eclipse went from coast-to-coast was in 1918. "We anticipate heavy traffic the day of the August 21 event and on the day before and after, maybe extending longer". Expect major highways between Utah, Idaho and Wyoming to be especially crowded, so allow extra travel time. The closer viewers are to the centerline of the eclipse path, the longer the total solar eclipse will last. That means it will still be just about as bright as any other day, but if the weather cooperates, you will see a black disk cover over half the sun. Participants spaced along the path of totality will use identical telescopes and digital camera systems to capture high-quality images that will result in a dataset capturing the entire 93-minute eclipse across the country. A welding glass that permits you to see the landscape is not safe.
It is the first total eclipse visible in the USA since February 26, 1979, Science Museum Oklahoma Planetarium Director Tom Arnold said. The event will feature arts and crafts vendors, as well as food and entertainment.
For a brief moment, day will turn to night. Read our field guide to the solar eclipse for tips on how to make the most of this spectacular event.