Tips to Prepare for the Total Solar Eclipse

Tips to Prepare for the Total Solar Eclipse

Tips to Prepare for the Total Solar Eclipse

The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the continental USA was about 40 years ago, on February 26, 1979.

In Las Vegas, a partial eclipse will be observable, beginning at 9:09 a.m.

Manufacturers are cranking out millions of safety glasses for the upcoming solar eclipse. In Syracuse, the moon's shadow will cover about 85 percent of the sun. He also hopes to see stars and planets for those brief minutes, peeking out of the night sky in the middle of the day.

This eclipse's "path of totality" starts in OR and runs southeast across the country to SC before the shadow of the moon goes out to sea.

Elsewhere, communities in the path of totality are expecting overwhelming crowds.

Broome said Columbia is one of the top three spot in the United States to see the eclipse, and tickets have been sold to viewers in 23 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and in the countries of Italy, the United Kingdom, and Colombia, among others.

Transportation officials are anxious not only about massive traffic jams but potential crashes that could result from drivers focusing on the skies, not the road.

Walter also said people who want to take a picture or video of the sun with their cell phone can simply take their special solar glasses and put the solar filter over the front of their cell phone camera's lense because "that's just like putting a solar filter on the front end of the binoculars or a telescope".

"Practice taking off the filter and putting the filter back on", Lowery said. "The risk of driver distraction from this once-in-a lifetime event has never been greater".

He looked at the first pair we brought. "They need to be safe in a situation like this".

Eclipse glasses are an obvious layer of protection from the sun's harmful rays, but how protective the glasses will be depends on the ISO designation of the lenses.

This carries over to events and "viewing parties" as well.

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For those who can't attend the programs, but would still like to view the eclipse, special glasses may be purchased at the Nature Realm gift shop.

State transportation officials recommend that people find an event or designated location to safely watch the eclipse.

Make plans for overnight accommodations early; overnight camping is prohibited at rest areas. It has been nearly 100 years since the last total solar eclipse. Through predictive analyses, these layers show the number of people, their distance from an event and their estimated travel time from a given point.

"You're not really seeing it", he said.

Visitors should plan ahead, filling gas tanks before the eclipse weekend and bringing layers of clothing, food, water and a map rather than a Global Positioning System unit.

"One of the best things about this eclipse is that it's shining the spotlight on many destinations that are wonderful slices of America", said Amanda Festa, editor at The whole continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting 2 to 3 hours.

The next total solar eclipse will be in 2024, so most of us will have another chance to see one! That year, there were only 6 million cars in the U.S. In 2015, the latest year data are available, there were almost 264 million. Scientists call this phenomenon "eclipse wind".

As a safety precaution, numerous 14 states in the direct path plan to suspend road construction projects, according to Hiebert. The leaves filter the sunlight where they cross each other and create little pinholes.

"As a mother of three young boys, I want them to see and remember the eclipse for the rest of their lives, but I also want them to know that the danger of improperly viewing it can not be overestimated".

The need for Solar Eclipse glasses that protect the eyes of the millions who will be witnessing history on August 21 has created business opportunities.

State transportation agencies in the direct path of the eclipse have been gearing up for the big event for months. The estimate runs as high as over two million people. The NASA representative says there are four ways to properly watch the eclipse. Once those areas reach capacity, troopers will shut them down, barring additional drivers from entering.

INDOT officials say increased traffic is expected on major IN roadways on the day of the eclipse. They can easily copy it onto counterfeit glasses.

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