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Solar eclipse 2017: How to make sure your eclipse glasses are safe

Solar eclipse 2017: How to make sure your eclipse glasses are safe

This will be the first total solar eclipse across the Midwest in almost a century, and the first one to be seen here in 149 years.

Although Colorado is not included among those states to experience a total eclipse it remains vital to educate yourself, as well as your family and friends, regarding how to protect yourselves from harm while enjoying this sometimes "once-in-a-lifetime" astronomical wonder.

School officials will emphasize the dangers of looking directly at the sun during the eclipse.

The sun's greatest show on earth in years will be Monday, Aug. 21, and Flint's Longway Planetarium, the largest planetarium in MI, is ready. Take an area where cell service often isn't great to begin with, add a huge boost of people, and, well... you do the math. The library has three events planned, at which each person will receive one pair of free glasses. San Francisco will experience a partial eclipse at 10:15 a.m. PDT and will be able to see 75 percent of the sun blocked. There will be other eclipses before this time, but none going from coast to coast. The town of Casper, Wyo.is hosting a festival to celebrate the eclipse that is free to the public.

The experts say we need those special filter glasses or hand-held devices to view even a partial eclipse.

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Assuming you haven't been living in a cave - in which case this news wouldn't interest you anyway - you know there's a solar eclipse happening on August 21st. IllinoisSouthern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., has hit the jackpot.

In the totality path, it will be dark enough to see stars, he said. The total eclipse will hit Carbondale this year at 1:21 p.m. local time and last for 2 minutes and 20 seconds. The next one visible in the city will be in the year 2566. Two major pieces of advice: do not attempt to travel during the eclipse and do not view the eclipse without the proper eyewear.

In the moments just before and after totality, for centuries, total eclipse viewers have reported seeing thin wavy shadowy lines, rapidly moving parallel to each other on "plain-colored surfaces". Some county-wide events include bluegrass at Tallulah Falls, a golf tournament at Sky Valley Country Club, a lecture series with astronomers and a 5K run.

The only exception to that rule is if you are in what's called the "path of totality", the 70-mile-wide strip that will slice a thin line from OR to SC.


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