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From about 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Monday, August 21 the "Great American Solar Eclipse" will roll across the Great Northwest to Appalachia, then off the coast of SC.

Airfares have surged to cities near the path of the August 21 event, the first total solar eclipse visible coast-to-coast in the U.S. since 1918. Clear skies allowing, of course.

- Solar Timer ($1.99) offers app-generated voices to "talk" you through the eclipse, counting down to the moment of totality and alerts on when it's safe to take off your glasses. Everyone in the US will see at least a partial eclipse, where the moon passes in front of the sun, but doesn't block it completely.

The moon's surface is not completely smooth, so when sunlight travels through valleys, flashes of light pass through and shine on Earth, resembling a diamond ring. The destinations, 140 miles apart, will experience about two minutes and 40 seconds of total darkness, among eclipse sites with the longest duration. Complete information and an official countdown is online at eclipseville.com/. If you want to try and get a picture of this or future eclipses, here are some tips to get the best results. In that case, parts of the Sun can still be seen.

During the first total solar eclipse viewable in the United States in 38 years, the moon will move in front of the sun, casting a shadow across the earth's surface. The edge of the moon touches the sun, and takes a bite that slowly gets bigger.

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If you haven't placed an order yet - or your glasses are arriving after the solar eclipse - don't panic yet. With your back to the sun, look at your hands' shadow on the ground. Shadows become sharper, and it begins to get cooler.

It's easier to see a lunar eclipse than the solar eclipse.

Newman attributes Americans' fascination with the eclipse to their love of science fiction, and she said the library will have eclipse-related learning activities available as well. Carbondale will see the sun's face completely blocked for 2 minutes and 43 seconds, beginning at 1:20 p.m., during which time NASA intends to obtain high-resolution imagery and various other measurements.

"We've SOLD OUT of Eclipse Glasses!" While you can see the eclipse anywhere the sky is visible, Curbed NOLA created a map of the most handsome places to watch it. The corona appears as wispy fingers of white light swaying in space.

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"Come out wherever you are and enjoy this", Newman said.

To the naked eye, it is hard to perceive the moon blocking the sun most of the time because of the sheer amount of light the sun gives off. Espenak spent his career predicting the paths of future eclipses - making detailed maps out to the year 3000 - and witnessing total solar eclipses whenever he can.

This will be the first total solar eclipse visible from the USA since 1979, and the next will be in 2024. It seems like an eclipse should happen once a month, but the moon is small compared to the sun and its orbit is tilted slightly so sometimes its shadow does not fall on earth. The spectacle is over, and everyone asks the same question: when is the next eclipse? Even places that reach 99% won't get the true spectacle that comes with totality.

Much of our area will only experience a 90% partial eclipse. Those events inspired him to pursue a career in astronomy, and today, at 65 years old, he's known as "Mr. Eclipse" for his contributions to the field.

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