First Solar Eclipse Since 1918 Is Coming!

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The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse is expected to draw a million additional people to OR - one of the best states for eclipse viewing.

Wang says, even with approved viewing glasses - do not stare at the sun during the partial eclipse.

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As the total solar eclipse approaches, demand for safe viewing glasses has spiked and experts are warning the public to be wary of risky knockoffs.

Despite this widespread impact on generation, technical experts in both California and the USA federal government that they expect that the eclipse will not affect reliability of the electric systems.

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

Monday's will be the first total eclipse to be visible from the United States since 1991, and the first to be visible from every state since 1918. You need to find approved solar eclipse glasses that can block out the sun.

Most of East Tennessee will be in the eclipse's path.

Humans would be watching the total solar eclipse in amazement, but some events may be lost on those who are too focused on watching the sun and moon in action.

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Don't worry if you can't make it down to see the total eclipse, there are still plenty of events happening in the city where you can watch a partial eclipse. There are 3 kinds of solar eclipses: total, partial, and annular. The total eclipse will end near Charleston at 2:48 p.m. EDT. At 12:15pm, APSU faculty and students will lead everyone to the campus' Fortera Stadium to watch the eclipse. To enroll, most people only need to use their smartphone or ham radio and join the crowd sourced observing network. Regular sunglasses are not safe to view the eclipse.

But, looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the total phase of the eclipse, which will not be visible in the ArkLaTex.

American Astronomical Society (AAS) Eclipse Task Force have advised people driving to the path of totality to stock food, water and have a full tank of petrol.

The society said not all glasses available for purchase meet worldwide safety standards for directly viewing the sun. Fake glasses being sold online, however, could be putting people at risk.

Check for the ISO number.

"If you wear (prescription) glasses, keep them on".

To help combat the fraudsters, the organization posted a list of vendors from which you can snag a pair of glasses that are guaranteed to work. The event is free and open to the public.

Astronomers Without Borders is donating glasses to veteran's hospitals, homeless youth shelters, and other underserved communities. Some viewing parties are even giving glasses away for free. When I did, several people who purchased from reputable manufacturers complained that their glasses arrived damaged. Make sure you have a filter that covers the lens of the telescope, not the eyepiece and is specifically designed for solar viewing. This is something you won't want to miss!

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