Should You Go to Southern Illinois to See the Total Solar Eclipse?

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This is first total solar eclipse to cross the United States coast-to-coast in 99 years, although some parts of the United States have experienced total solar eclipses since then, most notably in 1979.

Note: NASA says 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. "Just before it's over, you'll see beads of light starting to form on the trailing edge". However, there are some dangers involved with witnessing this event, such as looking directly at the sun, which can damage the human eye and even cause blindness. In other words, you need to protect your eyes against harmful UV rays - and eclipse glasses will do just that.

"A total eclipse is a dance with three partners: the moon, the sun, and Earth", Richard Vondrak, lunar scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said in a statement.

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Among the top 50 results in an Amazon.com search for solar eclipse glasses, none of the five "Sponsored" products were manufactured by one of the NASA-recommended companies.

Sunglasses, no matter how dark, and homemade filters are not safe for viewing the sun.

You'll find no shortage of solar eclipse smart phone cases over at Society 6. And if the August 21 event somehow passes you by, don't fret: Another total solar eclipse is coming to the US mainland on April 8, 2024.

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Columbia, S.C., is billing itself as "the total solar eclipse capital of the east coast". And the difference between that, and what will be experienced by those in the path of 100 percent totality, is said to be significant.

Although it will take the moon around two hours to completely cover the sun, the duration of the eclipse will depend on the viewer's location. Most telescope manufacturers should sell solar filters.

Researchers are interested in getting an up-close view of the corona so they can better understand the structure of the sun's outer layers.

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For only the most dedicated, the eclipse's path of totality will pass over Gannett Peak, the highest mountain in Wyoming, the highest in the Rocky Mountains outside of Colorado and the highest point within the path of totality. Because, like so many other naturally occurring phenomena, they won't last forever. A viewing party hosted by Campus Life from 1:30 p.m.to 3 p.m.at the amphitheater.

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