View partial solar eclipse at Capitol Reef National Park

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That gathering runs from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. with sessions at noon and 1 p.m. From there the lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 EDT.

This is a rare event for those in the United States, according to the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu.

While we have not heard of this happening locally, there are reports of travelers in other states who booked hotels for the eclipse long in advance, before it was more publicized.

For a swath of the country from Portland, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, it will look like someone just turned off the sun in the middle of the day. This means fans can still take in some partial solar eclipse action without potentially damaging or even blinding their vision.

Image: Chris Tinker from Kona, March 2016.

Davis Observatory at Western Nevada College has you covered when the moon covers the sun on august 21. Observers in the path of totality should be able to see the moon completely cover the sun as well as the sun's tenuous atmosphere, its corona.

By 7:25 a.m.in Honolulu the eclipse will be over.

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In less than two weeks, on August 21, the sun will disappear across America.

Eclipse fans in Hawai'i must wait until 2106 for a total eclipse over our islands.

The event is expected to bring millions of sky-watchers to the path of totality. When it does happen, the darkest part of the shadow - the umbra - is what causes a total eclipse.

A total solar eclipse is not typically visible from Vancouver, however, you can probably see most of it later this month.

According to the NASA website, "the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters such as "eclipse glasses" or hand-held solar viewers".

It suggests having a trial run ahead of the eclipse by taking photos of the full moon at night-it is about the same diameter as the sun will be on that day.

As the moon moves in front of the sun that day, a "path of totality" will develop in portions of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and SC.

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