Things To Help You Prepare For The Eclipse

Millions Of Eclipse-Watchers Ready To See Sun Go Dark

The interest and in some cases excitement surrounding Monday's total solar eclipse continues to build. Stanley, Idaho, for example, is in the path, so it will experience the totality of the eclipse.

Follow AP's coverage of the total solar eclipse here. There are plenty of opportunities to watch the total eclipse online. In a nutshell the orbit of the moon moves in between Earth and the Sun.

On Monday, August 21, a total eclipse of the sun will pass over the continental United States. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse. It will be the first such total eclipse in 99 years.

Jenkins said when she heard about the impending eclipse at the beginning of the year, she decided then and there she had to see it as the next solar eclipse to shadow North Carolina will be in May of 2078. The sun's corona, its upper atmosphere, will still be visible, creating a "halo" effect. The entire process can take about 3 hours.

For those that want the total eclipse experience for the longest amount of time, you'll need to journey to the town of Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be fully shrouded for two minutes and 40 seconds.

You can see the NASA livestream here.

If the sun is out, eclipse glasses will be needed - even if looking through a telescope.

There are many ways to watch a solar eclipse.

Though the spectacle will be observed (through protective glasses and equipment, read about that below) best if skies are clear, people will still notice the great darkening of the sky during the eclipse peak even if it's cloudy.

The reflected sunlight or bright, white, artificial light should appear very dim through a safe pair of eclipse glasses. They must meet a very specific worldwide standard known as ISO 12312-2.

Have the manufacturer's name and address printed somewhere on the product.

If you happen to have a pair that's wrinkled and scratched, discard them and buy another pair. Be careful of bogus solar eclipse glasses. Never do that, it's like looking at the sun directly.

What can happen when you look directly at the sun? The American Astronomical Society's eclipse website provides a list of reputable dealers. Look at the shadow it casts on the ground.

Sandra Underwood, director of the Carl Elliott Regional Library System, said hundreds of patrons have requested glasses since almost 1,000 pairs were distributed at branches throughout Walker and Winston counties in a 48-hour period last week. "The temperature could also actually decrease a few degrees during the eclipse in areas of totality and [places] close like we are", KIRO 7 PinPoint Meteorologist Morgan Palmer said. By now all hotel rooms are booked and many campgrounds are as well.

For those wanting to record the event without a larger, more complex camera, smart phones are an option.

While Alyssa Jenkins has had to endure the lighthearted teasing of her co-workers, she plans to take a vacation day and watch the eclipse with her family over a barbecue.

Also: yeah, people in the olden days thought that eclipses were harbingers of doom. The V-103 and WAOK family will host a total eclipse party on the rooftop deck at Suite Lounge in downtown Atlanta.

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