Experience the (near) totality of solar eclipse

Elias Hubbard
August 20, 2017

"A large swath of the population will be able to easily see this eclipse", astronomer James Webb at Florida International University told AFP.

Anasazi Heritage Center, 27501 Highway 184, Dolores: The Anasazi Heritage Center will host Eclipse Extravaganza!, a free viewing party with hands-on activities, solar-viewing equipment and live feeds from the path of totality. She explained the total solar eclipse has a 70-mile path, and everyone in the continental United States and parts of Canada will be able to see the partial eclipse, given clear skies. Over the next hour and a half, the path of totality will cross through 14 states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and SC.

Nikki Jenkins, buyer for the Kirkland's home-décor chain, said that she had to place her order for solar eclipse glasses 18 months ago due to high demand and won't be getting any more. FOX6 joins a group going on the Great American Solar Eclipse bus tour to Tennessee for the eclipse. Look for the ISO markings on the side of the glasses.

According to KXAN, "NASA says you will need to purchase a solar filter that will reduce the light intensity".

As New York City, and all of North America for that matter, prepare to view the Monday, August 21 solar eclipse, Public Safety has a message for the student body that they sent out via email on Friday. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has instructions on how you can make one (get a grown up to help).

The different stages of the eclipse.

Those living within the path of the eclipse will see the moon cover the sun completely leaving the corona - the sun's tenuous atmosphere - visible. The sun appears to have a dark shadow on only a small part of its surface.

Those outside the totality line, which includes the remainder of the contiguous US, the remainder of North America, along with parts of South America, Africa and Europe, will witness only a partial eclipse in varying degrees based on location.

According to the website greatamericaneclipse.com, between 1.85 and 7.4 million people are expected to travel into the path of totality, raising concerns about traffic jams and accidents. The shadow moves pretty quickly and will only be in one spot for a couple of minutes.

A partial eclipse begins on the northwest coast of the United States shortly after 9 am (1600 GMT).

Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.

Don't look at the eclipse while driving and don't take photos while driving. Even though more than 90% of the sun's disk will be covered, you'll still need to wear solar glasses to watch it.

And while the eclipse didn't do much to ease tension, it is believed that this could do more. Your admission includes a pair of eclipse glasses. If you cannot find approved solar glasses, you can attend Adler Fest at the Adler Planetarium or one of the following events that will be handing out Adler-branded eclipse glasses, and also, in many cases, will be hosting their own viewing parties: Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Morton Arboretum, Naper Settlement, Sea Dog Cruises and Wonder Works Children Museum.

There are, on average, four eclipses every year and one or two of these is a solar eclipse.

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