Astronomers approved more safe solar glasses vendors for eclipse watchers

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

The long-awaited total solar eclipse will make landfall in the continental United States at 9:05 a.m. on August 21, 2017. It is estimated that between 1.85 million and 7.4 million people will visit the path of totality on eclipse day, meaning that August 21 could also become the worst traffic day in USA history. The states included in the path of totality are Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and SC. The path of totality (the spots that will see the moon completely cover the visible surface of the sun) is a thin line on the map, so many people will travel to see this spectacle.

- Plan ahead and get your hands on special-purpose solar filters like eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer, so you can look at the sun safely.

The eclipse will occur on 21 August and will pass through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and SC. "Only buy the $50 ones if you're going to want to look at the sun every single day to recoup those $50, but these cardboard ones are just fine for the solar eclipse".

A number of area retailers are now selling eyewear related to the event, but when choosing protective glasses for viewing the eclipse the most important feature to look for, according to NASA's website, is that the glasses meet the ISO 12312-2 worldwide standard.

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The program will take place at 7:30 p.m.in the Radcliffe Children's Wing of the Perrot Memorial Library, 90 Sound Beach Ave. The total eclipse will be visible from a narrow corridor throughout the U.S. and have a magnitude of 1.0306.

We will experience a partial solar eclipse here in Wilkes County, beginning from about 1 p.m.to 3 p.m.

For only the most dedicated, the eclipse's path of totality will pass over Gannett Peak, the highest mountain in Wyoming, the highest in the Rocky Mountains outside of Colorado and the highest point within the path of totality. Get to Greenpoint's The Diamond (43 Franklin St.) where astronomy experts will share science tidbits on the upcoming eclipse and help guests view the NYC sky through telescopes from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Eclipse glasses are different than typical sunglasses, which don't filter out enough of the UV rays to make looking at the sun safe.

Cameras will also need filters, Porter said. Everyone else in the United States will be able to see a partially blocked sun. In this method, you don't look directly at the sun, but at a projection on a piece of paper or even the ground. This eclipse will also be visible from Europe, Australia, Africa, South-East America, Antarctica, Asia. It has been even longer - 99 years - since a total solar eclipse crossed the country from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

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The eclipse will soar right over the St. Louis area.

A solar eclipse happens when the moon's orbit passes in front of the sun, and the moon blocks some of the sun from view.

Of course, the moment of totality in most locations lasts for a mere minute or two.

The eclipse will last less than three minutes, so your window for getting the flawless photo is very small.

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