Visual explanatoin of what happens during an eclipse

There goes the sun; don't look at it

There goes the sun; don't look at it

You can take them off during the brief time the moon completely covers the sun, if you're lucky enough to be in one of those places. Such an event does not occur very often.

The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the continental USA was about 40 years ago, on February 26, 1979.

A total eclipse will be viewable to the select 12.2 million Americans living within the path of totality, a 70-mile band stretching across 14 states from OR to SC.

The next total solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024 and tract northeast from Texas to ME, crossing the path of the 2017 eclipse near Carbondale, Ill.

The last eclipse in 1979 had the country buzzing and people made their own glasses to watch it. The total solar eclipse on June 8, 1918, crossed from Washington to Florida.

Solar eclipse magnitude is the part of sun's diameter that is concealed by the moon.

NASA has provided a lot of information and they point out that the path of totality will not be only crossing 14 states but it is also remarkably wide with measurement of 70 miles or about 112 kilometers. It will be at the midpoint, or maximum eclipse, at 2:22pm. Millions more will travel to get into the path.

Another way to view the partial eclipse is the hand method.

Other prime places to watch the eclipse in Kentucky are Franklin and Scottsville.

Two Missouri communities where I once resided are in the path, and I hear from old friends and family that both are bracing for the crowds that might qualify as "hordes".

Finally, if you are interested in watching the solar eclipse from anywhere, there are some things you need to know. The last one was 40 years ago, so be sure to experience this one.

"This eclipse was in my high school astronomy books from the 1980s".

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This means the Great American solar eclipse will be the first experiment of a solar eclipse's effect on solar power. The biggest of them all, and what is believed to be the largest eclipse to ever occur within the United States will be on August 12, 2045.

Photographing the eclipse with a non-smartphone camera also requires more care to protect the user. In fact, for this area, waiting for the 2024 eclipse may be the better option as the Wheeling area will see a 97.13 percent eclipse with Columbus, Ohio only two hours away seeing a 99.84 percent solar eclipse.

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