"Nearly after 38 years, the continental USA will witness the shadow of a total solar eclipse".
Central and eastern North Carolina has witnessed a number of partial solar eclipses, but even those weren't great. If you are outside this area, you will need to wear eye protection when viewing the eclipse, and within the total solar eclipse area, you'll need eye protection until the moon completely covers the sun.
"The temperature will drop, just like it does in the evening when the sun drops below the horizon". However, eclipse glasses or solar viewing glasses are required to safely view the solar eclipse whenever any part of the solar disk is visible. The eclipse will bring out the sun's hidden solar corona, the sun's outermost atmosphere usually hidden by the bright light of the sun, which is considered a breathtaking sight by eclipse travelers. The last total solar eclipse visible in the United States was in 1979. "These photos can be very exciting because the field-of-view is large enough that you can compose the shot with your friends and local scenery in the shot, at the same time a recognizable, eclipsed sun during totality hangs dramatically in the darkened sky". The duration of the partial eclipse is 1 hour, 55 minutes. The moon's orbit around the earth is titled by about 5 degrees, leaving only two times a year when the moon could possibly be in the proper phase and in the right position to block the sun.
Q: Where can I see it?
This solar eclipse will be visible in some form or fashion across most of the US and will be quite the celestial experience for anyone without a life within the 70-mile-wide strip of totality across the country - assuming the skies are relatively clear.
While the demise of Earth is predicted to happen around seven billion years from now, when the expanding sun engulfs and destroys our planet, life forms will see the last total solar eclipse much sooner than then-around 600 million years from now. But with 71 percent of the Earth's surface covered in water, far more fish than humans have experienced an eclipse.
News 13's Weather Team found the best way to watch the eclipse. However, as NASA notes, it is never safe to look at a partial eclipse - which is what the vast majority of the country will see - with the naked eye.
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Using ordinary sunglasses, even darker shaded ones, are not safe for viewing an eclipse, especially in Cortez, which won't see one in totality.
These eclipse-viewing glasses will help to protect your eyes while looking at the sun. But it is unsafe to look directly at the sun - especially during eclipse events, when, as Jones explained, "the reduced intensity decreases your natural tendency to blink or look away". Do not look at your hands, but at the shadow of your hands on the ground.
NASA suggests purchasing "approved" glasses online. NASA lists American Paper Optics, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17 as reputable producers of eclipse glasses whose products can be trusted.
Nasa will also live-stream the event.
Q: How rare is this event?
As you can imagine, hotels rooms there are totally booked and going for Super Bowl prices. Carbondale, Illinois, will be in the crosshairs once again. This solar eclipse will have a width of about 70 miles.