Published: Sat, July 29, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jose Becker

How to safely view the solar eclipse

How to safely view the solar eclipse

The coast-to-coast solar eclipse, nicknamed the "Great American Eclipse," will be the first of its kind seen in 99 years and is being called "one of the events of the century".

Even the "diamond ring" parts of a solar eclipse, when there is the tiniest sliver of the Sun showing on either side of the Moon, are too unsafe to view without protection.

For Bladen County residents wanting to view the total eclipse, several state or national parks are located in SC within the path. The eclipse will be visible in totality only within a band across the entire contiguous United States, including parts of Oregon. "It's not something we see every day".

There's an incredible event going on in the sky in August of this year, and it's one you're not going to want to miss.

Imperial is not far at all from the path of totality, but unless residents travel, they will see only a partial eclipse.

Start of eclipse: 9:10 p.m.

Solar eclipse research has a long history at UW, says Lattis. While Bladen County does not lie in the path of totality - the name given to the area that will see complete blockage - residents should expect 97 percent coverage of the sun when the moon crosses between the earth and its brightest star.

NASA is funding 11 projects that will allow scientists to use the eclipse to learn about the sun and its relationship to the Earth's upper atmosphere.

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That's because it's never safe to view the sun with the naked eye.

"For an unmagnified view, the eclipse glasses are probably the most simple, straightforward, and easiest to use and readily available this time around".

"Just follow your instincts to look away from the sun, and you'll be okay", says Lattis.

The total solar eclipse may have other lasting effects, suggested James Bullock, professor and chair of the physics and astronomy department at the University of California at Irvine.

Vaughan Planetarium will play "Are You Prepared for the Great American Eclipse?" at 8 p.m. on August 18, and at 11 a.m. the following day.

The solar eclipse should be viewable in New Orleans on August 21 starting at 11:57 a.m. and ending at 2:57 p.m.

"We'll have cameras positioned throughout, and we'll have our host, Mike Massimino, in SC, which will be the last place that you will see the eclipse", Etkind said.

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