Public Libraries Giving Away Solar Eclipse Glasses

However, only a small 70 mile wide sliver from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina will experience a remarkable total eclipse.

When should I look for it?

University officials said they are expecting as many as 10,000 people to show up to watch the eclipse. In May 2012, an annular solar eclipse occurred, meaning that the moon passes in front of the sun, but doesn't cover all of it.

It seems as though some companies are printing the ISO label and a fake certification on knockoff glasses that won't protect your eyes.

"The difference between a partial and a total (eclipse) is literally night and day", he said. On July 2, 2019, a full solar eclipse is scheduled to pass over the South Pacific, Chile and Argentina; these same countries, along with the South Atlantic, will experience another totality event less than a year later on December 14, 2020. You will need special eclipse or solar viewers to look at the sun safely.

GFC-MSU will have approximately 500 eclipse-safe viewing glasses available to students, faculty, staff and the community on a first-come, first-served basis during the viewing.

NASA released information about what type of glasses are safe to wear. NASA shares several ways to make homemade eclipse viewers here, here, here and here.

Hopefully you're a fan of road-tripping, as flights to Nashville from Pittsburgh are around $400 or more to get there in time for the eclipse. Other states where the complete solar eclipse can be seen are Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska and Montana. With the date quickly approaching, and many stores selling out, people are wondering where to buy eclipse safety glasses.

According to The Associated Press, the United States will be only nation fortunate enough to be in the path of totality.

In news that surprises no one, demand for eclipse glasses has spiked, given the attention of the upcoming Great American Eclipse set for August 21, which will run across the continental United States. That eclipse took a somewhat similar path as this month's will, from OR to Florida.

In addition, because the moon orbits in an ellipse and not a circle, the moon has to be its closest distance from Earth in order for a total solar eclipse to occur. A total solar eclipse, however, reveals the sun's ghostly corona. The 2045 eclipse will track from northern California to Florida. However, the sun happens to be 400 times farther away from Earth than the moon, making the sun and moon appear to be almost the same size from our perspective.

For a solar eclipse to occur, the sun, moon, and Earth have to align, which happens around the new moon every lunar month.

However, it also means it's time to start loading up on knowledge and gear to make your encounter with the eclipse as stellar as possible.

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