Solar eclipse tips from Lehigh University astronomer

Eclipse glasses

21, millions of people in United States will be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime event: a total solar eclipse.

Looking directly at the sun is risky, so those planning to observe the solar eclipse should obtain a pair of solar viewing glasses before viewing. Each also has an interactive eclipse map for users to play around with and get all kinds of fascinating details. Though there won't be total darkness, you will be able to see glowing crescents on the ground near trees and other things that cast shadows. A partial eclipse is visible in North American and parts of South America.

This map shows the globe view of the path of totality for the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere-the corona-can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.

Total Solar Eclipse Event at both Levy Park in Upper Kirby and Freeman Branch Library in Clear Lake will have glasses but it's unclear how many.

The good news is ... county residents can still celebrate being inside the path of 80 percent!

The animals who do not have internal clocks think that when totality is occurring that the sun is going down.

A woman watches a partial solar eclipse through a telescope at a sports field at the National University of Singapore in Singapore on March 9, 2016.

NASA notes that glasses must comply with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard if you plan on staring directly at the eclipse. There is a solar eclipse about every 18 months but because of the eccentricity of the orbits, this doesn't happen in the same place on Earth every 18 months.

"It's common sense not to stare directly at the Sun with your naked eyes or risk damaging your vision, and that advice holds true for a partially eclipsed sun", NASA's website states.

"If you've got pets running around and not staring at the sun, you don't need to worry about [eye protection]", he says. The event starts at 11 a.m. and we will be providing solar filters for people to use.

Middle Georgia will not experience a total solar eclipse.

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