Eclipse do's & don't's when it comes to eye protection, photography

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As the moon obscures the sun on August 21, it will create a twilight experience across the U.S. This moment of up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds of darkness-otherwise known as the "Great American Eclipse"-won't be visible in any other country, and the eclipse's path of totality will cross 14 states".

Check back for updated fun facts, videos and explanations of the once-in-a-lifetime celestial event! Hence, people travel to see a total solar eclipse and eclipse day will see many Americans on the road - adjusting their plans as some places have a cloudy forecast perhaps while others appear more promising.

Those watching with, for example, eclipse glasses, will see an increasing chunk taken out of the solar disk as the moon starts passing in front of it.

Warning: It is not safe to view the eclipse with the naked eye or with sunglasses! Our Dave Longley has some tips article he posted a week ago. While you are visiting, events at parks will help you make the most out of this unique solar event while you learn about the park and heritage sites. McGlaun has a webpage dedicated to the event here eclipse2017.org/. The Sterling Hotel and Extended Stay had 3 rooms left at $2,500 for one night! It will cross the OR coast and exit near Charleston South Carolina.

Following the show, local astronomers Jay Huston and Warren Hart will expand upon the show with an in-depth look at eclipses, their effects and a question-and-answer session. As the moon passes by the sun, the moon completely blocks the sunlight in an area of total eclipse and blocks a portion of the sun's light in areas of partial eclipse. The eclipse this year will last no more than three minutes in its totality. About 60% of the sun will be covered-up by the moon, which makes for a "partial eclipse".

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818 Driving miles to Columbia, South Carolina (nearest big city to Syracuse in path of totality) Google maps says this is a 12 and a half hour trip with no breaks.

The only time that it's okay for anybody to view the eclipse without a special lens is when the phase is in its totality.

So in 2017 it's our turn to see a total solar eclipse, but you have to be inside what's called the path of totality, which is a 70-mile wide streak of land that will run from Idaho to SC, including mid and east Tennessee and western Kentucky. Yet the National Resources Defense Council reassures everyone that we don't have to worry about systems failing or homes going dark while the sun ducks behind the moon for a bit.

The eclipse will reach its maximum in Montreal at 2:38pm.

10 days from now the Tri-State will experience the Great Solar Eclipse, but are you prepared? The next total eclipse won't occur in the US until April 2024 and the next total eclipse won't touch Virginia until May 2078.

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