Solar Eclipse 2017: Massachusetts Viewing Guide

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California is too far south to experience the full effects of the phenomenon, but people in the state will see the moon cover around 50-90 percent of the sun depending on their location.

Library branches across the borough will be hosting viewing parties offering information on the eclipse, solar viewing glasses and other activities. Find a list of events here.

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In fact, the USA mainland hasn't seen a total solar eclipse since 1979 - and even then, only five states in the Northwest experienced total darkness before the eclipse veered in Canada. Clouds could always spoil the view, so eclipse watchers need to be ready to split for somewhere with clear skies, if necessary.

"The sun is a million times brighter than the moon", said Carl Freyaldenhoven, a member of the Central Astronomical Society.

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Back on the ground, forest rangers, police and city managers in the total eclipse zone are bracing for a crush of travelers they fear will cause epic traffic jams and heighten wildfire hazards. Almost 200 million people live within a day's drive of the path and travel experts, including the Federal Highway Administration, expect an increase in traffic in places where the path will be easily accessible.

At SRU, the eclipse is expected to be visible from 1:10 - 3:45 p.m. with the peak time at 2:35 p.m.

The longest point of totality will be roughly three minutes in Carbondale, Illinois, according to the space agency's eclipse website,

When the solar eclipse reaches the east coast, the "path of totality" dips to the Southeast, with those along the SC coast experiencing a total solar eclipse, according to NASA's map. It consists of 13 images acquired by the EPIC camera aboard NASA's DSCOVR spacecraft during a total solar eclipse on March 9, 2016.

He would know. Espenak and his colleague Jean Meeus, a retired Belgian astronomer, have mapped solar eclipse paths from 2000 A.D.

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Many states are adopting renewable portfolio standards that require an increasing share of energy to come from wind, solar, hydroelectric and other power sources that don't use fossil fuels. "We've had to turn people away". Remember, never look directly at the sun, even with sunglasses!

Solar eclipse glasses are in high demand in San Diego.

Lens filters are also available for telescopes and binoculars.

"We want some good news for a change".

Californians are being advised to reduce electricity usage and unplug home electronics during the solar eclipse. That's the only time it's safe to view the eclipse without protection.

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