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Going the distance: Bus tour travels for best view of upcoming eclipse

Going the distance: Bus tour travels for best view of upcoming eclipse

The moon will obstruct the sun in a manner which would cast a 70-mile-wide shadow, cutting across 14 states of America - from OR to Southern California.

Looking at the solar eclipse using eclipse eyewear. However, a distribution event Thursday morning to distribute the remaining pairs lasted a whole eight minutes. The Southern Cross Astronomical Society will have professional telescopes on site for eclipse viewing from 1 p.m.to 4 p.m. Admission tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 4-14.

Those who are in the Texas Panhandle starting at about 11:30 a.m. will see a partial solar eclipse - a phenomenon that occurs when parts of the Earth is in the shadow of the moon as it passes between the planet and the Sun.

The full shadow will cross from OR in the western United States to SC on the eastern coast. "The shadow of the moon will still darken the sky", said Dave Jones, founder and CEO of StormCenter Communications, whose group is helping states in the path of the eclipse prepare for the event.

The email advises students to "NEVER look directly at the sun, including a full or partial eclipse, without certified solar filters/glasses". Nashville is the largest city in the path of totality, and has loads of eclipse excitement planned, including an Italian Lights Festival featuring pasta, a meatball-eating competition, and insights from NASA scientists. The Tazewell Public Library had a thousand free eclipse glasses, but they were soon distributed.

By now you have probably heard about the Eclipse of the Century, the first total eclipse to occur in the United States since 1979 and the first to cross from coast to coast in 99 years. This one is being named the Great American Eclipse 2017. If it is on the cloudier side during the eclipse, it may be quite disappointing to not be able to watch the moon move over the sun, but it will still be impressive in a different way.

Here is some perspective on that for Virginia and Richmond.

DO NOT look at the eclipse without proper protective glasses. Locally, chief meteorologist Eric Wilhelm will lead the coverage from the WFMJ studio and will also provide a "roof top" look of the partial eclipse that will be visible in the Mahoning Valley. On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will touch the US mainland for the first time since 1979, following a path that crosses the country from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Four days later, they realized that that would be the day of a total solar eclipse visible on Martha's Vineyard. The last total solar eclipse to cross the country from coast to coast was May 29, 1919. During an eclipse, the ionosphere is switched off and on relatively quickly, creating an ideal situation to learn more about how such changes affect radio-wave communication here on Earth and with our satellites in space.

Tips for viewing the solar eclipse
Consumer Reports recommends ones labeled with the safety code ISO 12312-2, which designates the global standard for solar filters. Here are some things to know. "The brightness and intensity of harmful light damages the focal point of your eye", Vann said.


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The most recent annular eclipse to be witnessed in Richmond was September 18, 1838. For the next 30 minutes, I enjoyed some of the most Katie-bar-the-door fishing I've ever experienced. The outermost layer of the sun, known as the corona, is hard to study because it's less bright than the rest of the sun - so we have trouble seeing it amid the rest of the sun's brightness.

Ancient astronomers were even able to make rough eclipse predictions because they tracked the paths of the moon and sun through the sky, even if they didn't understand their orbits the way we do now.

However, given the special nature of the eclipse, we can realistically expect these numbers to be higher. It's time to get prepared, because it may be closer than you think.

While the solar eclipse is an event not to be missed, remember safety first.

What will it actually look like?

Here, it's possible that some animals could sense the dimmer sky and behave like it's early evening. The event is completely free and will take place rain or shine.

"We've been watching what's been happening in other communities", Friend said, adding she wasn't surprised by the crowd. In Washington state you can experience nearly 10 to 15, maybe even up to 20 degrees, decrease in temperature. Leave the jacket at home.

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