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Star Party: Learn how to safely see upcoming solar eclipse

29 July 2017

Millions of Americans will flock outside August 21 to gaze upward as the "Great American Eclipse" crosses the country.

Understanding the visible sun's exact size will be possible only by combining careful solar measurements with the simulations and precise understanding of the moon's and Earth's elevations that exist now, Jubier said. It has been a whopping 99 years since the last total eclipse crossed the continental USA from coast to coast.

The last time a total eclipse was visible in the US was in 1979. "So we have the chance, perhaps, for a whole generation of kids to be inspired by this physical, astronomical event that is not necessarily happening in a video game, but that is happening in the real world around them". And you may want to get prepared now because a total solar eclipse doesn't happen very often.

35235 (Jefferson County) - The eclipse will peak at 1:32 p.m. CDT with the moon obscuring 93.2 percent of the sun. More than 250 million Americans live within 600 miles of the solar eclipse path, which will undoubtedly lead to many late-season trips to do some skyward gazing.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the moon appears to cover completely the disk of the sun in the sky. While the eclipse won't be total here in the panhandle. Also, just as the Sun's radiation can damage unprotected eyes, it can also damage unprotected equipment.

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"The sun will look like a thin crescent moon", Lattis said. The only way to safely view the eclipse directly is through the use of special filters, either in the form of eclipse glasses or specific telescope filters.

If you're planning on watching the eclipse in its path of totality, you'll be able to look up in the moments of the total eclipse.

The rest of the continental United States will witness a partial solar eclipse. The total eclipse will begin around 2:37 p.m.in Clemson and last for 2 minutes and 37 seconds before heading through Greenville and Columbia to Charleston.

Check out the list of other eclipses visible from Anchorage here.

Learn about the upcoming total solar eclipse, dubbed "The Great American Eclipse", at a free presentation at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.

Star Party: Learn how to safely see upcoming solar eclipse