When and where to watch the solar eclipse

When and where to watch the solar eclipse

No matter, for we're on our way, approved glasses in hand, for our date with a crowded dormitory at Oregon State University in Corvallis, where the eclipse is scheduled to hit full force at 10:16 a.m. Monday and pitch us all into total darkness for a full one minute and 41 seconds.

In a nation that is increasingly divided along political lines, some expressed hope that fascination for this spectacular phenomenon would offer people a chance to unite.

Vendors will also be at the university during the eclipse event.

"We sold out first thing", he said of the $2 lenses.

While Davis schools wisely took the eclipse into consideration in setting a start date two days after totality, many school districts already have begun the fall term. The eclipse will pitch a 70-mile-wide path of darkness from OR to SC early Monday afternoon.

There are options for those wishing to see the eclipse that doesn't involve permanent eye damage.

Even Britain and western France may catch an evening glimpse of a tiny sliver of the eclipse at sunset.

"My husband and I have always loved astronomy since we were little, so I'm very excited", she said.

"This will allow California to burn fewer fossil fuels and emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions when California's solar energy production dips during the eclipse", the commission said in a statement, the Los Angeles Times reported. "This blindness, called solar retinopathy, is caused by the sun's UV radiation burning a blind spot near the center of your retina".

Anyone planning to look skyward is urged to wear the proper protective eyewear.

"The sun is a million times brighter than the moon", said Carl Freyaldenhoven, a member of the Central Astronomical Society. Such filters reduce visible sunlight to safe levels, as well as block solar UV and IR radiation.

"NASA does recommend welder glasses rated 14 or higher", Stewart said mentioning that regular or smoked sunglass won't do.

From noon-2:00 p.m. visitors will gather on the Museum Plaza to partake in all sorts of sun-sational eclipse excitement, from a live NASA feed of the total eclipse, to an eclipse-themed photo booth, pinhole cameras with the Perot Museum TECH Truck, miniature solar systems and other out-of-this-world space activities.

Freyaldenhoven plans to view the eclipse with about 5,000 others at Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph, Mo.

Though the totality of the solar eclipse won't be visible from Minnesota (even weather-permitting), the partial eclipse will still be worth viewing.

Rooftop viewing parties, kayak trips, baseball games and even weddings are being held nationwide to mark the celestial event.

But, on June 8, 1918, an eclipse's path of totality stretched from Washington to Florida, cutting across the center of Arkansas.

Prices for lodging have soared, as most hotels and flights have been quickly booked to capacity. The last one occurred on February 26, 1979. Looking at the sun without these filters won't blind a person, but it will damage the eyes, said Michael Zeiler, creator of "The Great American Eclipse" website and a solar eclipse chaser.

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