Total eclipse of the sun

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The total solar eclipse is the first we've been able view from coast to coast since 1918, and it begins on the coast of OR at 10:15 a.m. PT on August 21.

The 60-to-70-mile line of totality, which extends in a northwesterly direction from SC to OR, will offer Americans a view of a bonafide total eclipse, but everyone in the mainland United States will get a show. The eclipse will be visible here from about noon to 3 p.m. If you're outside of the path it will still be a good show, as the moon will still cover over 90 percent of the sun, but still leaving a sliver of brightness.

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We're just over a week away from the epic eclipse, and one Nashville university has chose to delay the first day of class so students and teachers can enjoy the sight. The last total eclipse that crossed the entire continent occurred on June 8, 1918 and the last time a total solar eclipse occurred exclusively in the US was in 1778.

Two local science organizations are offering help to people wondering how to observe the solar eclipse, which will impact all of the mainland United States on August 21. Similar devices, called eclipse viewers, provide the same effect, so long as they are properly certified. During that entire time you should NOT look directly at the sun without proper eye protection. "The reason is because the orbital plane of the Earth around the sun is actually not in line with the orbital plane of the moon around the Earth", he says. If you notice any scratches or damages, do not use them. He said the glasses should meet the requirements for the ISO 12312-2 safety standard, which is approved by NASA.

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Leave early. The partial phase of the eclipse will happen late in the 11 a.m. hour, with totality at about 1:15 p.m., and the final partial phase ending at about 2:45.

"I chose this movie to show because it involves a solar eclipse in the story." said Tonya Hartline, Head of Public Services of the library. If skies are clear, you will be able to see the night stars during a total eclipse. Goggles, homemade filters, or sunglasses, even very dark ones, will not protect your eyes. "Even through some of the urban areas along I-5 through Seattle, Tacoma". We've included a list of more than 100 places hosting eclipse events and parties, as well as stories about eclipses and how the area is preparing.

"Make sure to help children to use solar filters and eclipse glasses properly", Dr. Ronold Tesch said.

Eclipse Safari offers the NASA live stream of the Eclipse and a Twitter feed with the latest eclipse related tweets.

You should never look at an eclipse with the naked eye, but there are plenty of other unsafe methods to avoid, as well.