Keep your eyes safe while viewing eclipse

"The last total eclipse visible in the US was in 1991 in Hawaii, and the last one visible from the lower 48 states was in 1979 in the Pacific Northwest", Nelson said in an email to the Glasgow Daily Times.

Monday, Aug. 21 will mark the beginning of the new academic year, but it will also mark the day of quite possibly the biggest astronomical event in nearly 100 years: a total solar eclipse across the United States. The glasses were branded "Solar Eclipse Glasses 2017", and appear to be no longer available for purchase on the site. Almost every hotel room in the eclipse path is booked, which is expected to contribute to heavy - and possibly distracted - traffic on Interstate 5 and other highways throughout the morning.

How to view the solar eclipse for first timers!

As always, safety comes first when viewing an eclipse. During totality, it is safe to view a solar eclipse. Wearing ordinary sunglasses (or even multiple pairs) will not provide adequate eye protection.

The best of the apps are the Smithsonian's Eclipse 2017 and Eclipse Safari, which offer science history, and best practices for why you need to wear your solar glasses during the time of totality, respectively. A solar eclipse is a unique experience for our eyes - we aren't used to seeing bright beams of sunlight contrasted with a night sky.

When the moon is covering the sun, your pupils will have dilated to adjust to the darkness and let more light in. The pale corona, or outer edge, of the sun, which is visible only during a total solar eclipse, will be a million times dimmer than the sun itself as it shines around the moon.


The only way to look directly at the sun when it's not eclipsed or is only partly eclipsed is with a special solar filter, such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer.

When is the next solar eclipse?

However, in Madison - where a maximum of 85 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon at about 1:15 p.m. - that won't be an option.

NASA has officially recognized Bitterroot College as an eclipse event viewing site, one of only three in Montana for the solar spectacle that will be seen across the Unites States on Monday, Aug. 21.

Why don't they happen more often? Even a thin sliver of the sun's disk covers thousands of these light-sensitive cells. Scammers may set up fake events or charge people for access to free public parties. Congestion is expected before and after August 21 on US 41, USA 231 and I-69.

Major cities along the path include Corvallis, Albany and Lebanon, Oregon; Corvallis, Albany and Lebanon, Oregon; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Casper, Wyoming; Grand Island and Lincoln Nebraska.

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