August 21 will be the longest solar Eclipse in history

Ray Cooper volunteer for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry preps his equipment to provide live video of the Aug. 21 2017 solar eclipse at the state fairgrounds in Salem Ore. Sunday Aug. 20 2017

Ray Cooper volunteer for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry preps his equipment to provide live video of the Aug. 21 2017 solar eclipse at the state fairgrounds in Salem Ore. Sunday Aug. 20 2017

Lest you wonder what all the fuss is about, consider these facts: It is the first total solar eclipse to hit the contiguous United States since 1979; with complete darkness taking place in 14 states, from OR to SC, it is the first total eclipse to sweep across the country since 1918; and the next total eclipse in the US, in 2024, will be visible from Texas to Maine.

A total solar Eclipse will pass across the territory of the United States on Monday, August 21.

The path of totality - where day briefly becomes night - will pass over OR, continuing through the heartland all the way to Charleston, South Carolina.

But to be in the path is totally worth it to Marchand.

Few living Americans have.

By any measure, a solar eclipse is a big deal.

Another interesting fact about solar eclipses that wasn't much of a concern several decades ago is the electrical generation from solar panels.

Weather permitting, the 10 states where the total eclipse can be seen most widely will provide some of the best views of the total solar eclipse. They allow you to see the eclipse progress by looking at an image of the Sun projected on a surface, without ever looking directly at the Sun. Places like Portland, Oregon are going to get about 99.5 percent.

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Whether you're celebrating the eclipse at an event like Atlas Obscura's desert shindig in rural OR or simply following NASA's interactive maps online, it makes for a rare opportunity to ponder the vastness of the universe, the smallness of the planet, and the ties that bind us all throughout the cosmos.

The lenses, similar to material used in hi-grade welding masks, are opaque in normal light and should have an ISO rating of 12312-2. If you weren't able to pick up a pair of eclipse glasses, here's how to make a pinhole projector you can use. "Without looking at the sun yourself, you're indirectly looking at the eclipse", he said.

In 2014, I moved from New Mexico to Sumter, and once I got around to checking how far I would have to travel to see the "Great American Eclipse", I was astounded to learn I would only have to walk out my front door.

"It's building us toward a point where we can run the economy off renewable energy and store the excess in a diverse range of batteries", Kammen said.

The district's instructional technologist, Janie Henderson, will head up with two other teachers from the DFW area to Hopkinsville, Kentucky, to watch the totality.

The eclipse is expected to be visible about 2:45 p.m. and last about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

Cutter Morning Star, Lakeside Middle School and Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School are among schools to order glasses for all students to view the eclipse outside. The rest of the USA gets a partial eclipse that extends into Canada and to the top of South America.

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Another great way to enjoy any solar eclipse, or just to see sunspots on any clear day, is to use a reflector telescope, one which has the eyepiece on the side.

"If you don't plan for this, you won't have a good time". "And then we'll see the solar rolling back at about 90 MW per minute or more".

But total solar eclipses aren't just rare to specific locations on Earth; they're also pretty rare in the universe in general. Even better, it's passing over Texas. The country's last total solar eclipse stretching from coast to coast, on June 8, 1918, came in over OR and Washington, and made a beeline for Florida. The only visible part of the sun is its corona, the bright crown around the photosphere. Birds, for instance, will sometimes go to roost.

Anderson said the district planned additional precautionary measures.

Eclipses have spawned mythologies in cultures such as that of the ancient Egyptians who worshiped the sun as deity Amun-Ra.

Jeremy and Larry Park of Marshalltown's Park Place Computers recently had information in their monthly newsletter about eclipse applications courtesy of Kim Komando at komando.com. That was the country's last coast-to-coast total eclipse.

Eclipses once caused panic with the fear that the world was coming to an end.

For most watchers, however, like Marchand, it's enough to witness the awe and wonder of the workings of the universe. Teachers throughout the county purchased glasses for their own classes.

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