Rhode Islander heading south for best view of solar eclipse

Make sure you are safe while watching the 2017 total solar eclipse in the United States. Image TheUSBPort

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. But people in 12 states - in a 70-mile-wide swath from OR to SC - will experience a total eclipse.

Blair said that staring into the sun can cause eye damage, and the eclipse should only be viewed through a telescope or binoculars that have a solar filter or through special eclipse glasses. That will occur only along a narrow strip stretching from OR, through the Midwestern plains, down to SC.

But the total eclipse, when the sun passes behind the moon, will be fleeting.

As eclipse glasses sell out at retailers across the United States, customers are panicking as they realize that their glasses may not arrive in time for the once-in-a-lifetime event. At least one person would watch for the moon's incoming shadow, and another would look for whether the sun was completely covered by the moon, according to a report put out by the city's electric companies.

It looks as though the vast majority of that cloud cover is high cloud, which would be less likely to block out the entire eclipse for those watching from those areas. The flights are expected to net the clearest pictures of the sun's corona to date, because, at 50,000 feet above ground, the sky will be 20-30 times darker than as seen from the ground and there will be much less atmospheric turbulence. That's the only time it's safe to view the eclipse without protection.

The CVB also is working with hotels to provide solar eclipse viewing glasses, she added.

Merlo also explains it's important to make sure your solar eclipse glasses are certified, something that's hard to see. The sun will reach its maximum coverage about 1:20 p.m. and stay that way for nearly three minutes. Or maybe it disappears in a valley on the moon, and it lingers a little bit longer and so the eclipse is gonna start late for you. Those events inspired him to pursue a career in astronomy, and today, at 65 years old, he's known as "Mr. Eclipse" for his contributions to the field.

So what will the sun look like your proper glasses? You know how when you look at the bottom of a pool and you see wavy lines?

Definitely check out our TWN livestream, on TV and on the web, as we expect to be sending back footage from the path of totality, but there are also opportunities to perform some cool science during the eclipse.

They'll be participating in the "Our Reservation: Our Eclipse" competition, a collaboration between the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium, which is using NASA grant money to bring in about 100 kids from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and northern California. "For Kearney, the previous one was more than 800 years ago". Hold the object between the sun and a white surface, like a piece of paper or the sidewalk, to see an image of the sun on the screen.

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