Here's how to safely view the 2017 solar eclipse

Safety | Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - NASA

Boy, you are so wrong. Total solar eclipses, however, are only possible on Earth because of a cosmic quirk of geometry: The sun's diameter is 400 times wider than the moon's, but it is also 400 times farther away. That's when the next total solar eclipse comes to the United States, and the path of totality will cross Upstate New York. The last time the US saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

The sun's greatest show on earth in years will be Monday, Aug. 21, and Flint's Longway Planetarium, the largest planetarium in MI, is ready.

Place your digital camera in "sports photography" movie mode so that when you depress the button your camera will take a continuous stream of still images. "And again, I can't emphasize enough, do not wear these glasses while you're driving", SCDOT State Traffic Management Engineer Rob Perry said. There will be a partial lunar eclipse on August 7, though it will not be visible in Tucson.

Spend a long weekend in this lovely town and hike various trails, go fishing, kayaking, tubing or just coast down the Tallulah River, which feeds into Lake Burton - another great spot to view the eclipse from.

Totality will first hit OR around 10.15am Pacific time.

Numerous organizations, including NASA, will be livestreaming the eclipse online for those of us indoor people.


The path of totality will also cut across broad swaths of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee, along with corners of Kansas, Georgia and North Carolina, and a tiny chip of Iowa.

This upcoming solar eclipse is going to be one for the record books.

The only exception to that rule is if you are in what's called the "path of totality", the 70-mile-wide strip that will slice a thin line from OR to SC.

NASA states that the American Astronomical Society has verified five manufacturers of eclipse glasses and solar viewers that meet the ISO 12312-2 worldwide standard for such products: American Paper Optics, Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold film only), Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.

Here's the Earth. Here's the moon. Sunglasses (Rx or not; polarized or not) and smoked glass do not contain these layers and as such are NEVER safe for direct viewing of the sun. That's why it looks like the same size as my moon. Such alignments occur about every six months.

21, beginning at about 11:48 p.m. the moon will begin crossing the sun.

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