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The Dos and Don'ts of Viewing a Solar Eclipse

The Dos and Don'ts of Viewing a Solar Eclipse

The exact range of the total eclipse zone will be from the middle of OR to the eastern shores of SC, and will include several Mid-Western states in between.

21, millions of people in United States will be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime event: a total solar eclipse. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible to such a large portion of the USA was 100 years ago. But if you didn't get a pair, you can still watch Monday's solar eclipse.

In a total solar eclipse, the moon moves between the Earth and the sun.

Hassle says about 65 percent of the sun will be blocked by the passing moon in the region. They will be launched from roughly 50 U.S. locations and transmit the images back to Earth.

-Carefully look at your solar filter or eclipse glasses before using them.

Hohner also warned that children and teens are the most likely to get solar retinopathy because their eyes haven't matured all the way.

Jason Kottke has a good guide to solar eclipse glasses over on his website, and the American Astronomical Society has some very detailed safety information for those of you purchasing glasses, as well. "But then you would not have experienced it in the moment", he said. Additionally, during a total solar eclipse, the lunar shadow darkens the sky, causing temperatures to drop while bright stars and planets will appear at a time that is normally broad daylight.

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Here's what you need to know when it comes to viewing the "Great American Solar Eclipse" in New Jersey.

And if you're caught outside without any equipment at all, just cross your fingers-literally, with a tiny bit of daylight in between them-and take a look at your shadow.

Here in the Monadnock Region the partial eclipse will begin about 1:27 p.m., reach its maximum at about 2:45 p.m. and end at about 3:57 p.m.

If you don't want to bother with buying a device to help you view the eclipse you can make a pinhole projector. Use special eclipse viewing goggles/glasses or filters for your binoculars or telescope.

An eclipse glasses sold out sign is posted outside the Clark Planetarium Thursday in Salt Lake City.

KSTP Reporter Kirsten Swanson and Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl answer some of the questions viewers have about Monday's eclipse. Eclipses actually occur quite often, however these are mostly partial solar eclipses due to lunar distance from Earth.

He explained the physics behind what will happen in the sky, why eclipses are important, the role they've played in history and why people get so excited about watching them. Very cheap solar filters for telescopes or visual observing can be purchased online or at science centers, museums, and astronomy shops, such as Flandrau Science Center (621-7827), Starizona (292-5010), and Stellar Vision (571-0877).

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