Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

What You Need to Know About the Solar Eclipse

What You Need to Know About the Solar Eclipse

Viewing opportunities about throughout the United States, including the chance to see the extremely rare total eclipse.

During a total solar eclipse, you will experience complete darkness.

Maximum 90.5 percent coverage is around 2:50 p.m. and the eclipse ends, with life returning to normal, at 4:14 p.m. However, it was not a total solar eclipse but rather an annular eclipse, which is when the Moon's diameter appears smaller than the sun's, causing the sun to look like an annulus ring.

The last Total Solar eclipse seen in the U.S. was almost 40 years ago in 1979, when solar power wasn't even a player in the energy industry yet. The path is only about 70 miles wide, stretching from OR to SC, and you will only experience a total eclipse if you're inside of it.

The path goes just south of the IN border, which means Fort Wayne will experience a partial solar eclipse with about 85 percent of the sun blocked, Science Central Executive Director Martin S. Fisher said IN a news release. If weather proves to be cloudy on the day of the eclipse, it may not be clearly visible.

People who reach some of the gatherings will need special glasses to view the solar eclipse.

Never look at an uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun without proper fitting solar eclipse glasses that meet or exceed ISO 12312-2.

For more on how to enjoy this memorable event, read on . Free solar eclipse viewing glasses will be given out to participants, while supplies last.

The Toshiba Vision screen in New York's Times Square will broadcast the program live in its entirety to give the public a big-screen view of the eclipse. The museum also plans to open its new "Buffalo in Space" science studio to coincide with the August 21 Great American Solar Eclipse.

That means you won't get see that one, but your great, great, great, great, great, great grandchildren will. "Roughly every six months, they actually line up so that we get at least a partial solar eclipse", Young says. They are darker than normal sunglasses and filter out more sun.

Always follow safe solar-viewing procedures. Turn away from the sun before removing the solar filter.

"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 - we call it solar retinopathy and it's really very close to burning a hole in the retina".

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