Visual explanation of what happens during an eclipse

Elias Hubbard
August 12, 2017

"It's very exciting for them and they want to take the eye protection off", Dr. Van Gelder said.

If you're in NY in the next few days and still need solar eclipse products, B & H Photo Video has everything you need for the best viewing experience. However, in Madison - where a maximum of 85 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon at about 1:15 p.m. - that won't be an option.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes between the earth and the sun, blocking out our view of the sun. When will another big eclipse be visible in the United States? Solar eclipses are rare enough that you really shouldn't pass up the chance to see it, if you can! Having a full solar eclipse happening from coast to coast in North America is a once-a-century occurrence.

National parks and heritage sites offer an wonderful setting for watching the eclipse. The eclipse will move from the West Coast to the East Coast, ending near Columbia, South Carolina, at 2:44 p.m. It will be a partial eclipse, and the whole thing takes nearly 3 hours. As the total eclipse approaches, if you are up a little in elevation or can see a bit of a distance to the horizon, you will see the total eclipse shadow fast approaching from the northwest. There are also numerous special events, activities and one-of-a-kind experiences planned all weekend to celebrate the eclipse.

DeKalb County will be in the path of the upcoming solar eclipse August 21. Mining the data from NASA, here are all the total solar eclipses touching the US over the next 100 years.

"My family and I will be traveling to stay with a friend in Lincoln, Nebraska, the weekend before the eclipse", she explains.

What Struve is most concerned about is that with just more than 90 percent "totality" in the Quad-Cities, that much darkness might cause people to forget and look up at the sun directly for too long. We feel lucky to know someone who will put us up; although we would probably have traveled to the path of totality, regardless.

The team will also be able to get unique and fantastic features such as "Diamond Ring" and "Bailys' Beads" - which happens as pinpoints of light are passed through the uneven features and craters of the Moon when the moon is covering the sun. With national news reports on the upcoming event, thousands of travelers making their way to the path of totality for optimal viewing and even several doomsday predictions, this eclipse has captivated much of the country.

Someone suffering from solar retinopathy will have a black spot in the middle of their vision.

"It's so risky for people to look at the sun even for brief periods of time because you can cause permanent damage to the retina", Dr. Van Gelder said.

Retailers including REI, Walmart, and Best Buy have sold of their eclipse glasses online.

"It's incredibly exciting and something you should participate in and enjoy, but you should do it safely with the proper filters for your eyes", he stressed. The safe ones to use cost just a few dollars and can be found by the hundreds in boxes at the observatory during its regular hours, the Wild Center museum in Tupper Lake and at the observatory's viewing party.

Merlo also explains it's important to make sure your solar eclipse glasses are certified, something that's hard to see.

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