Published: Sat, July 22, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Solar eclipse map: How close will you be?

Solar eclipse map: How close will you be?

With just a month left to go, the buzz in anticipation of the Great American Eclipse of 2017 is real.

The eclipse will start at approximately 11:35am on August 21.

It's not quite as long of a wait as you might have thought, but it won't stretch the width of the country.

No, I'm not Nostradamous predicting the end of the world. The last total solar eclipse that was visible in the contiguous United States was back on February 26, 1979.

This is a map depicting the total solar eclipse viewing corridor.

This time, there are 14 states, including the Prairie State, from which the total solar eclipse will be visible at peak time. During this time, you will need eye protection.

- Another option is to view the eclipse through #14 welder's glass. It is not safe if we wear the homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses. If we keep on focusing the solar rays, they may enter our eyes and causes the severe damage to our eyes.

The safe glasses must also have the reference number ISO 12312-2. You can experience the eclipse safely, but it is vital that you protect your eyes at all times with the proper solar filters. The last total solar eclipse that was visible in the lower 48 of the United States was in February 1979, according to NASA. Studies have shown that the total eclipse could also have an effect on temperatures and even winds. The day will turn into night for 2 to 2 minutes and 41 seconds.

Many cities across America will see a total eclipse, but our area will only have a partial eclipse.

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"You can do it with paper, with an index card, even with a receipt stuck in your pocket", says Bauer. "Almost any decent camera will get a photo of [the eclipse], but the image will be very small".

Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device.

If you don't own a DSLR problem.

By now you've probably heard something epic is going to happen on August 21.

Rest assured that the world's media will be flooded with professional captures of the totality as soon as the event is over, so you might as well just sit back and enjoy the spectacle.

Taking time out of your business life to learn about and witness the eclipse is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

NASA has been alerted that some unsafe eclipse glasses are being sold to consumers.

It's one of the most exciting and rare events of 2017, and it only lasts a few minutes. She recommends doing whatever it takes to watch the eclipse from within totality, because the viewing experience will be drastically diminished, even at 99 percent of totality.

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