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Rhode Islander heading south for best view of solar eclipse

Solar eclipse watchers from OR to Idaho will likely have the best view of the August 21 event along the path of totality, based on a map created using NASA Earth satellite data.

The path of totality is the 70-mile-wide band running through the heart of the USA, from OR to SC. Partial eclipses happen a couple of times per year around the globe, but full solar eclipses are rarer.

Events include a free concert in Madisonville featuring Jennifer Nettles, a musical eclipse show in Dawson Springs, a drive-in movie eclipse watching in Franklin, a viewing party in Greenville and other events across the state including train rides, wildlife viewings, balloon rides and baseball games just to name a few. Working with partners, we can protect what is special about parks so that they are there for you to enjoy.

Looking through a telescope, binoculars or camera lens is not safe, either, and NASA warns, "Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight".

Johann Berkowski captured the total solar eclipse in 1851.

"Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse", said Sachin Bahmba, Chairman and Managing Director at Space Group, who is leading the team from India for the expedition. But the crew will be able to see the umbra, where the eclipse is total, near the southern horizon.

The eclipse will start at around 1:25 p.m. and last until around 3:55.

Here in the Adirondacks, the eclipse will be around 62 percent, creating a crescent sun. Those in South Dakota wishing to experience the total solar eclipse will need to travel south to Kearney, Grand Island, Lincoln, or to other points in Nebraska, which are right in the center of the eclipse's path.

One Eclipse enthusiast was really concerned about how the eclipse may affect her horses. As the eclipse date draws closer, those glasses are getting harder to find.

By looking directly at the solar eclipse - even briefly - without proper protection, you risk a form of blindness called solar retinopathy, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Experts recommend being careful when it comes to buying glasses or viewers through a third-party seller, such as Ebay or Amazon.



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