5 things you need to know about the eclipse

Solar eclipse lights way for Southern Californians eager for 'one of nature's spectacles'

"It's a tremendous opportunity for people to witness a celestial event like this".

The beauty of having a total solar eclipse cutting a swath across the entire state of SC from Clemson through Columbia through North Charleston is obvious, we have an "easy" morning drive to reach the path of totality as it crosses just after 2:30 pm.

In case you haven't heard, it's not safe to look directly at the sun. No, you can't just wear sunglasses. Apparently, it's the only place where one can actually see the moon completely blocking the sun and where for a minute or two, one can look up at the event without special glasses to protect one's eyes.

If you can't get a live view of the August 21 total solar eclipse that will sweep across the USA, there's another option for seeing this celestial event - watching it in virtual reality. Many are in the path of totality. The eclipse will end at 3:50 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to investigate eclipse viewing sites outside the park rather than risking traffic congestion in the park.

Specially made solar glasses or a number 14 or darker welder's glass are among the safest methods for direct viewing. I hate to think that kids - or anyone, really - missed out on the eclipse because they thought it was something to fear.

If you prefer to do your shopping at brick-and-mortar retailers, says MLive, you can buy approved eclipse glasses at 7-Eleven, Best Buy, Kroger, Love's Travel Stops, Lowe's, Flying Js, Toys "R" Us and Walmart, particularly in places in the path of totality. You also get a private jet viewing of the moment. In Syracuse, the moon's shadow will cover about 85 percent of the sun. "It's a very handsome and interesting sight", Walter said. It has been nearly 100 years since the last total solar eclipse.

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The society said not all glasses available for purchase meet worldwide safety standards for directly viewing the sun. When I did, several people who purchased from reputable manufacturers complained that their glasses arrived damaged.

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The California ISO has a webpage dedicated to the eclipse and its grid, where viewers will be able to track solar production as well as current and net energy demand in real time.

The total solar eclipse will occur on August 21.

The American Astronomical Society has a list of reputable manufacturers and authorized dealers at this site.

"You see that same problem in countries that practice sun gazing as part of their religion". The sun will be significantly dimmer during the eclipse but this does not mean it is safe to view the eclipse directly. "The holes from the cracker which is projected down onto a piece of paper will work", he said. The neatest thing of all is if you stand under a broad leaf tree such as an oak or maple. But motorists who pass through them still need to be alert because there may be merged lanes, cones, barrels and other equipment on-site. "There's a lot of people who don't grasp how unsafe it is to look at the sun without eye protection". Watch below a video to learn how to safely use the Celestron EclipSmart solar binoculars.

"The complete solar eclipse is a wonderful and memorable phenomenon that should be experienced by everyone in the eclipse path", said Dr. Van Gelder.

Astronomers and park rangers will host events at Grand Teton National Park, which has designated five eclipse viewing areas within the national park. More than 69 million people use its desktop, mobile and app products and 5.5 million subscribe to its digital travel deals across the U.S.

McMullen said, "It's neat".

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