Eclipse Viewing: Prioritizing Your Vision And Properly Protecting The Eye

Total solar eclipse attracts visitors to Middle Tennessee from around world

Total solar eclipse attracts visitors to Middle Tennessee from around world

Sit at the deck at Riverbend Park or bring a lawn chair and sit in the grassy area to enjoy a spectacular view of the Potomac and the eclipse.

CATE, the Continental American Telescope Eclipse, is an experiment more than two years in the making. That is why it is important to use solar filters, or eclipse glasses.

How rare is a total solar eclipse?

Even if it is smoky or cloudy the eclipse will happen and safety is the number one goal. The total eclipse occurs over a 70 mile wide band from OR to SC, which does not include Indiana.

Numerous cities and towns in the path of totality are planning events to celebrate and watch the eclipse, but if you are in the Wheeling/West Liberty area and want to go somewhere to witness the spectacle, and have some fun, your best bet is Nashville, Tenn. The telescopes will be manned by trained volunteers and scientists and the data uploaded will greatly benefit researchers. The total eclipse leaves the SC coast at 2:44 pm EDT. Even a thin sliver of the sun's disk covers thousands of these light-sensitive cells. Some of the major cities located along the path of totality include: Salem, Oregon; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Casper, Wyoming; Carbondale, Illinois; Nashville, Tennessee and Columbia and Charleston in SC. 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.

Yes. You need to use some sort of special protection for your eyes, whether it be eclipse glasses, or shade #14 welder's glass.

The Children's Museum will offer eclipse viewing from 1:20-4 p.m., weather permitting. Places within the penumbra - the moon's partial shadow - will see a partial eclipse.

At least that's what will happen in the "path of totality", the swatch of land in North America where the Moon's shadow will fall most directly.

2,955 Speed in miles per hour that the total eclipse will be travelling when it when it first reaches the OR coast at 12:05 pm EDT. A live web stream of the solar eclipse, as seen from other locations in the US, will also be shown during eclipse time. The American Astronomical Society recommends buying eclipse glasses from one of the reputed vendors it lists on its website. However, not all meet the required ISO 12312-2 global safety standards; make sure yours do.

If the skies do not cooperate for us here, try a livestream of the eclipse from https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive for example.

Floating in the European Columbus laboratory module, Bresnik showed off a solar filter shipped up to the station earlier, saying "we've got specially equipped cameras that'll have these solar filters on them that allow us to take pictures of the sun". Eclipses in the USA have been exceedingly rare.

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