When the moon passes between Earth and the sun, and scores a bull's-eye by completely blotting out the sunlight, that's a total solar eclipse.
The last time a total solar eclipse was visible in the United States was in 1979.
The total solar eclipse taking place on August the 21 has been long awaited by the scientific community and regular people alike.
Eugene is not in the "path of totality", the 62-mile-wide strip where, weather permitting, people will be able to see the moon pass in front of the sun. In Muncie and Anderson, the partial eclipse begins about 12:59 p.m., maxing at 2:25 p.m. and ending at 3:48 p.m. The tech giant has promised to ship some 2 million glasses to 4,800 public libraries across the United States, all in the hopes that as many kids as possible will get to see the moon crossing directly in front of the sun.
Those who want to view the eclipse will need specialized glasses to protect their eyes from the harmful rays of the sun.
The AAS says there are ways to test the safety of an eclipse viewer. Sunglasses are not safe to view the eclipse.
The organization says buyers should be skeptical of glasses even if they're stamped with an ISO seal - which has been used in the past to indicate which glasses comply with standards set by the International Organization for Standardization. This show uses lovely visuals to explore the historical and cultural view of solar and lunar eclipses and explains the geometry that creates these awe-inspiring sights.
Thousands and Thousands of Solar Eclipses, all these years; what would be even new, you might think?
An added risk during the eclipse is for those who try to look at the sun through binoculars, a camera or a telescope. Don't miss it and rejoice with us that God created humans beings at the one time and the one place where we could enjoy and benefit from experiencing ideal solar eclipses'.
There are a lot of questions and concerns people have about properly viewing this once in a lifetime event.
You should order early due to the large number of likely customers along the path of totality.
When a total solar eclipse crosses the United States on August 21 people will once again take to the streets with a great deal of anxiety, but most will be concerned primarily with getting a good view.
To make sure your glasses are the real thing, look for the ISO symbol and the manufacturer's name. With interest boosted through social media, eclipse tourists have cities located in the path of totality bracing for crowds, traffic jams and price-gouging.
Some eclipse watchers will get up to a few minutes to take off those glasses. There will be a noticed darkening of the sky similar to a cloud blocking the sun. A comprehensive viewing guide offers a crash course in the science behind eclipses and instructions on how to safely observe the celestial phenomenon.
Because of the curvature of the earth, the eclipse's duration will vary along the path, from two minutes on the OR coast to two minutes, 41 seconds in southern IL.