Total solar eclipse: What you need to know

Total solar eclipse: What you need to know

On average you can find a total solar eclipse from somewhere on the Earth once every year and a half.

Faculty members and students from the department of physics will be on hand to provide proper viewing equipment, including solar observing glasses and a solar telescope.

"An opportunity like this only comes along once in a blue moon", said Tony Stapleton, 7-Eleven senior product director. Us lucky Oklahomans just happen to be in the path that gets to view this one (85% eclipse), which will take place after 11 a.m., with the best part around 1 p.m. The "Path Of Totality" is a 70 mile wide area that will experience the total eclipse but everyone else in the continental United States will witness at least a partial eclipse. The last time the contiguous US saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

Those planning to watch the eclipse need to wear special solar eclipse glasses or make a pinhole projector as serious damage can occur without them. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them. The metallic dome top is flawless for taking reflective photos to be shared on social media, using the hashtags #7eleven and #solarselfie. If you have the glasses, you have to keep them on the entire time. "The total eclipse will end near Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:48 p.m. EDT", NASA says.

Officials say the harsh rays of the sun on Monday can cause permanent damage to your eyes. So why is the Sun more unsafe to look at during an eclipse?

"The only time it is safe to look directly at the sun is when it is completely covered by the moon during the totality phase of an eclipse", an MSEPS release states. This is important even if you are wearing eclipse glasses or holding a solar viewer at the same time. "So we recommend that everyone purchase a very cheap pair of eclipse glasses".

The total solar eclipse in the USA has been highly anticipated by many in the US. But a total solar eclipse is much more rare and can only truly be seen along a specific track on the Earth.

People in SC will be able to see the total eclipse, but there could be an abundance of traffic in the area, as some have been planning this trip for months. "You're going to see the sun with a bite out of it either way".

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