It's A Once-In-A-Lifetime Total Eclipse Of The Sun, Almost

Some of the eclipse glasses the Grand Rapids Public Library will be handing out ahead of Monday’s total solar eclipse

Some of the eclipse glasses the Grand Rapids Public Library will be handing out ahead of Monday’s total solar eclipse

The moon will set up between our planet and the sun, casting a shadow on us. At any point other than totality, the sunlight from the eclipse is still strong enough to permanently damage your eyes.

This celestial event is a solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location.

If you're here in Los Angeles, you'll only be able to see a partial eclipse.

If you're not within the path of totality, you can still see a partial eclipse. "It's going to kind of look like the moon is taking a bite out of the sun", said NASA scientist Nicholeen Viall. Even north-western Europe will get a glimpse in the late afternoon. "Originally, the moon was a lot closer in its orbit to the Earth, and it's moving further and further away as time goes on". You must use safe, certified eye protection to view the eclipse directly. If you use solar filters you have to make sure they are compliant with the standard ISO 12312-2, an global safety standard that tells how much light will be blocked by those filters.

It's been nearly 100 years since most of the USA saw a total solar eclipse. These glasses look like paper 3D movie glasses, except the lenses are covered in a almost opaque foil-like sheet on the front and dark tint on the back.

Will science be happening during the eclipse?

It's not yet known if the refund affects other brands of glasses at this time. And all you will see around it is the chromosphere and the photosphere. Here's what it will look like where you are. At least, none that wouldn't have happened anyway, regardless of the moon's position.

Solar eclipse glasses are a hot ticket item around the country, stores are struggling to keep up with the high demand which isn't good news for those who want to view the big event. Are there any more in the next decade?

Brooklyn Grange: Brooklyn's rooftop farm, Brooklyn Grange, is hosting a yoga retreat and viewing party for the solar eclipse. They'll both be visible from areas around Argentina and Chile. "There's people that chase total eclipses around the world". People have been calling me all week, 'Can we get it? There will be total eclipses in 2026, 2027 and 2030.

Many Americans will have the chance to take in one of nature's greatest shows on Monday with the solar eclipse across North America.

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